Business Association commits to enhance our pupils' futures

Apprenticeships, work experience, work place visits and teacher engagement in business were top of the agenda at the second Business Association of Stradbroke High School meeting (BASH). 

Ian Whitehead of Lane Farm in Brundish (who are hosting a tour the butchery and charcuterie business next week) sponsored the meeting where members committed to develop apprenticeship opportunities for our pupils at organisations such as Lane Farm, Hill Farm Oils in Heveningham and The Wild Meat Company in Woodbridge.

Business people and school staff pledged to enhance pupils' futures at the latest Business Association of Stradbroke High School meeting on November 4th. (L-R) Nigel Brown, Rob Ansell, Amanda Havers, Anna Hay, Sue Goodchild, Bill Shuttle, Robert Gooch, Dawn Brown, Andrew Bloom, Lee Phillips, Lawrence Frohn.

In developing links between the classroom and workplace, Helen Reed, the school’s acting head of science is to spend a day at Roger Skinner Ltd. of Stradbroke, to be able to include the real life application of science into the science curriculum at the school.  Helen said; “ Our objectives involve collecting details and examples of any microbiological testing carried out on the products  and learning about what scientific equipment is used in the labs and how this is similar to our school equipment.”

Other business representatives, including Amanda Havers of Tiddlywinks Nursery in Fressingfield and Lawrence Frohn of Hill Farm Oils, have committed to support us in developing work experience provision for pupils, whilst on November 20th several BASH members will come into school to run mock interviews for Year 10 pupils.

During the careers day in November, pupils’ C.V. writing skills are to be honed by a STEM Ambassador through Connect Education and Business. STEM lead, Sue Goodchild is also providing her previous retail management experience to run pupil interviews whilst BASH member, Simon Evans from BT in Martlesham, is preparing pupils to give a 2 minute presentation as part of their role play exercise on the day.

Rob Ansell of Castle Clothing Ltd. in Halesworth explained that whilst the company is very lean in its operations, the management team are happy to act as pupil mentors or to highlight, through running workshops, the operational and cultural aspects of importing goods from the Far East.

Andrew Bloom thanked everyone for their commitment to supporting the pupils and said; “The experience and opportunities provided by local businesses through this forum are allowing pupils to explore a wider range of future career paths and make more informed choices about where they go after leaving high school. This in turn adds relevance to the qualifications they are currently studying and boosts aspirations “.

The next BASH meeting, organised by Sally Clarke, Director of Enterprise, is to be held at 7.30am on Thursday January 28th 2016 and anyone interested in going along can contact Sally on 01379 384387 or email


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