The “Made In” Ambassador programme is the brainchild of The Company of Cutlers Education Programme and began its life in Sheffield, successfully developing over 400 children to become Ambassadors for the city. Young people are selected by interview to take a coveted place and over a two to three year period, receive mentoring, work skills, careers advice and work experience opportunities.
Successful Ambassadors receive an accolade that is recognised by future employers – singling them out as having great potential and readiness for the world of work
Around 60 Year 9 students across 5 schools in Barnsley are taking part in this. Naylor Industries plc, Henry Boot Construction, Pressure Technologies plc, Barnsley Health Care Federation and the Work-Wise Foundation are already signed up to help the Company of Cutlers deliver high quality work experience and support over the next two years or so in the fields of manufacturing, engineering and health care. These fields of work were chosen to reflect the growing career opportunities in our community. The participants will get a taster of all these work environments to enable them to make informed decisions about potential future careers and to dismiss any preconceived ideas they may have about the variety of opportunities available.
Raising Aspirations is a community life coaching project that matches volunteers from local businesses and community networks to provide one to one life coaching support to young people within the school environment. The programme is focused on building a relationship of trust and respect, and encouraging pupils to develop self-belief and aspirational life goals.
The aim of the programme is to raise the employment life aspirations of young people and, in the long term, to improve their academic attainment.
We were able to offer twenty of our Year 8 students a place on the programme that runs through until they leave in Year 11. We held a very successful parents session where students, coaches and parents all got together for an introductory meet and greet. The project was explained to parents and it gave them the chance to ask any questions and speak to the coaches. It was some of the coaches first visit to The Dearne ALC and they were impressed not only with the surroundings but also with our students, who as always, conducted themselves brilliantly!
In the run up to the festive season The Dearne ALC held the first official “get together” of the 3 collaborative schools to hold a Christmas Social. The first annual Christmas quiz was hard fought but we did get a worthy winner from Holy Trinity! Pass the Parcel went down a storm and I’m sure no one will forget the name of Santa’s reindeers in a hurry! It was a lovely event and a good chance to all get together and talk about the positive effect the project is having for all concerned.
Having been set the daunting task of putting together a proposal for a new GP’s practice and presenting it to a panel of professionals from the world of Healthcare, the “Made in Barnsley” students definitely rose to that challenge! They had four weeks to create a presentation, complete with costings, for a brand new GP’s surgery along with staff and equipment.
Students from The Dearne ALC worked through lunchtimes and in after school sessions in order to produce two very professional proposals. They created their own logos, slogans and even t-shirts in order to show that their proposals were the best! Both groups from The Dearne ALC worked hard and gave presentations to be proud of and the panel had a very difficult decision to make. Christian Blaylock, Jack Cartwright, Joshua Carrick, Connor Eastwood, Markuss Antonovics and Reece Lawton should give themselves a pat on the back for their presentation.
The winning group was Maple Health which was the brainchild of Wiktora Dudek, Megan Bailey, Rhiannon Clarke, Leah Jane Westerman and Lydia Bond. The group gave a well-rounded, polished presentation and deserved the accolade of winner. Well done!!
Congratulations to all of our Made in Barnsley Ambassdors; you continue to shine. Well done!
“Pupils are helpful, polite and courteous to staff, visitors and to each other. The atmosphere in school is positive, supportive and caring.” Ofsted 2016
“The teaching of mathematics is effective. Most pupils make good progress in this subject.”
68% of students make expected progress or better
“They are given a significant range of extra opportunities which prepare them well for life beyond the school. These pupils speak with passion and confidence about their ambitious aspirations for the future.” Ofsted 2016
of more able students achieved an A or A*
Students leaving with 5 A*-C grades, including English and maths