Local business support for Cockburn John Charles students

On Wednesday 30 November over 200 students in year 10 at Cockburn John Charles Academy (CJCA) engaged in a mock interview with representatives from local businesses.

Conducted virtually, the interviews gave the students a taste of what to expect when they start to engage with the world of work.

They were questioned on their aspirations and their predicted qualifications, being given some important feedback to help them prepare for exams in year 11 and to give a focus for deciding their future pathways into employment. One year 10 student said:

“I was really nervous before I went into my interview, but once I met with the businessperson I could see they were really interested in my plans and gave me lots of useful tips of how to be successful in the future.”

Head of School, Siobhan Roberts, said:

“At CJCA we invest time and effort in embedding our key values and expectations, including being independent, aspirational and prepared. It was wonderful to see our whole cohort of year 10 students engaging in this process, and we thank our friends and colleagues in local business for their time and advice in supporting our students.”

In the run up to the end of term pupils in all year groups at CJCA have been competing to win prizes to reward excellent attendance and hard work in lessons.










Over the ’10 Days Of Christmas’ pupils were recognised for achievement in different categories, with a range of desirable prizes up for grabs, including Amazon Fire tablets, Fire sticks and Echo dots. The initiative culminated in a final prize of a laptop computer to support students with home learning and coursework.

Head of School, Siobhan Roberts, said:

“The autumn term is always a challenging time with dark nights and mornings, along side seasonal bugs and illness. Our pupils have really impressed us with their resilience during this time, and we were keen to reward pupils who consistently embody our Values and Expectations.”


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