Walton academy students had a busy and inspiring life skills and choices day on Wednesday 28 March. These days help our students to make informed choices when considering their next steps after year 11 and 13. We are very fortunate at Walton Academy to have fantastic partnerships with many local and national employers and employees which enable us to make our life skills and choices days relevant and meaningful for our entire academy community.

Trilingual Paul Hughes, from Lincoln City Football Club, took a break from appearing in the hit TV show Hunted to inspire our year 9 students with a fascinating and inspiring talk on languages, aspiration and life skills. The BAE Systems team delivered an informative and engaging session on space and careers to years 7 and 8. We were delighted to welcome them back for another year!

It was wonderful to welcome Medical Mavericks https://medicalmavericks.co.uk/ back to the academy. Their presenters showcased different careers in health care and students completed hands-on activities throughout the session. The Royal Air Force careers engagement team spoke about the wide variety of careers within the RAF to year 8. Students also completed physical challenges. It was great to see Sergeant Arthur Sargeant and Corporal Phil Davison in action recruitment.raf.mod.uk

Lincolnshire stay safer team joined us again to support our year 9 students to stay safe and make wise choices. They will be back to inspire our year 8 students in July. https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/school-pupil-support/stay-safe-partnership/

Stephen Seki https://stephenseki.com/  presented an aspirational talk to year 10 students in the afternoon about his career journey from farmer to pharmaceuticals. Stephen has been a previous visitor to Walton’s post 16 students so it was great to welcome him back again to inspire our community. Viking Signs director Darren Joint returned to Walton for the third time to lead a session for year 11 about signs, sign making and launch a competition! The winning sign will be available for purchase on the Viking Signs web site. It is always great to see Darren who was accompanied by Amy and Mel from the Viking Signs team https://www.safetysignsupplies.co.uk/

Our post 16 students benefitted from interview practice with Lucy Painter who supports the school with enterprise and is the director of Funding Round http://www.fundinground.co.uk/ Gemma Gazi from Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln presented a session on ‘why go to university?’ to year 10 students, delivered a student finance session and supported some year 12 students with a programme called ‘Next Steps to Study’. All post 16 students learned all about road safety with Tony Hart from LTP Driver Training. They learned about the consequences of poor driving to help them make safe choices when they start learning. Year 12 students enjoyed about learning to cook on a budget with Mrs Elson and Miss Ellis.

Our wonderful team of staff delivered additional sessions including; anti bullying, British values – respect and tolerance, Unifrog, careers and apprenticeships. The winning year 7 students for the anti-bullying poster were Dusi, Elewyn and Jamie. Congratulations to them!

Thank you to everyone who supported life skills and choices day, and to our students for making our visitors so welcome.  We received so much positive feedback about your enthusiasm and positivity, and it was wonderful to see you making the most of the fantastic opportunities during the day.