Budehaven Year 12 students are currently attending a week’s work experience at a variety of placements across the country. Relevant vocational experience is today seen as a must for any
student applying to higher education. Universities like to see that students are already showing a healthy interest in their chosen career. Many of Budehaven’s students have taken heed of this
advice and participated in a variety of interesting business activities.
For example, Cayden Gill has spent time at TCS, a leading company providing clinical site contracting services, where he has had the opportunity to use his linguistic skills. The company commented: “Cayden is a great credit to the school. I know it’s only Wednesday, but it’s been a pleasure having him here this week.” Kian Downes has ventured to Western Power Distribution who were pleased with his commitment, stating: “He is certainly the type of person we look for when interviewing apprentices.”
Numerous students are keen to follow a career in education and are experiencing time in an educational institution. It is essential that relevant teaching experience is undertaken if a student
wishes to become a teacher. Alyssa Wint is travelling to Sheldon School. Phoebe Boundy and Neve Saxton are visiting Marhamchurch CE Primary School. Mac King is working at Atlantic Academy in Devon. Olly Holmes is working at Kilkhampton Junior and Infant School, Archie Furber is going to Holsworthy Community College and Holly Bewes is attending Stratton Playgroup. Summer Thomas is making the journey to Birmingham spending time at Edgbaston High School and William Holmes is going to Woolacombe School.
Following careers in Medicine and Scientific Research is always popular and very challenging to break into; experience is essential. Ryan Norlund, Kessia Gill and Erin Hancock are working with the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, undertaking clinical observation. Kessia’s sister, Jodie is working at the Cornwall Foundation Trust, Stratton Hospital. Cara Philips, who aspires to work in the caring profession as perhaps a midwife or physiotherapist, is spending time at a regional Rehabilitation Unit in St Athan, South Wales. She has been working with a paratrooper unit, observing rehabilitation programmes. In addition, Emma Newberry is learning about emergency services with the RNLI. Lauren Harkness has spent time at Budehaven’s Integrated Health Centre, The Haven, learning about health care provision.
A keen geographer, Jasmine Smith went to work at The Environment Agency in Exeter; they were very pleased with her approach and drive. Jasmine learnt that the EA offer many diverse
opportunities within the company. Lea Dumas is travelling to Wales to undertake a placement at Cultech Ltd, using her linguistic skills. Cultech Ltd is an internationally recognised premium quality manufacturer within the nutritional supplement industry. Erin Curtis is learning the skills to be an accountant at Baldwins, Holsworthy. Sam Jennings and Laura Gent are also keen on this profession and have a placement at Metherell Gard in Bude. Tim Cottier, a keen designer is working at Bott Ltd. Casper Griffin is travelling to London to work at One Minute to Midnight, a large media company. Harry Williams, also keen on media, is going to Barnstaple to work a Bluefrog Media Ltd. Engineering is always a popular vocation and Jude Ellis and Ned Gleed are working at Atkins Ltd, Aztec West in Bristol. Max Richards is a budding architect and has a placement at Methers and Welby, Bude. Holly Bakewell is also learning about architecture and interior design at Piper Architecture.
Callum Smith has decided to learn about Retail Management at Sainsbury’s PLC and Francesca Fry is developing her leadership skills at Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club. Ed Hobbs is also developing his management skills, working at The Kitchen Front in Bude.
When Ofsted visited, they commended Budehaven Sixth Form for their “wide range of opportunities and experiences available so that students have good information about the options open to them in the next stage of their lives. Students said that they particularly value the fortnightly session that they each have with a personal tutor. Extended assembly sessions have well-planned themes and offer good opportunities for extending knowledge and understanding.” The whole process of finding work placements is not easy, and it is the calibre of the letters and emails our students write and the phone calls that they make which impresses those with whom they hope to work. While the school naturally provides help and guidance, the main drive and effort comes from the students themselves and support from their parents. Bude can sometimes seem a long way away from the rest of the country, but Budehaven‘s Sixth Form students are showing yet again that when opportunity beckons, the world is their oyster.