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Catholic Engineering College
Business Partners at the Heart of Learning and Enrichment
As a longstanding Specialist Engineering College Our Lady’s has been collaborating with local business and industry for many years, establishing close partnerships and a cluster of organisations continually supporting each other. The following examples demonstrate the range and variety of collaboration that takes place over a typical school year, including 2017/18.
Direct curriculum involvement and impact:
Essity in Science
Essity are a multinational paper products manufacturer and are committed to our school in helping to promote Engineering and manufacturing and specifically to raise the profile of the school Science department at KS3. Year 8 students visited Essity to observe paper making in an industrial paper mill and conducted experiments linking the industry to the Science curriculum. This enrichment activity supported the deepening of knowledge and application of Science to an accelerated Year 8 Science class. The ‘Girls in STEM’ club completed an enterprise activity in school run by Essity – this further promoted one of our key STEM focuses to provide opportunities for girls to engage with Science and Engineering.
Essity in Engineering
Essity Talent Recruitment officer Ruth Moxon and an apprentice visited the Engineering department and presented to students on work in manufacturing (supporting BTEC Engineering Unit 1) and then added information on apprenticeship pathways putting the world of work in context.
Supporting the new CIAG curriculum and Gatsby Benchmarks the school has used the services of a large number of local companies and organisations for activities including: mock interviews, apprenticeship information assemblies and careers fairs. These include:
Stackrite, Flowtech, Essity, Scott Safety, NHS, Cooperative Bank, Keepmoat Homes, The Cashrooms, Mellors Catering, The Institute of Physics, The Institute of Civil Engineers, The RAF, Brownlow Utilities.
Wider school support
Scott Safety (3M) sponsoring Presentation Evening November 2017
Display of products in school to inform students and visitors of typical high tech manufacturing activity in the area. Large scale pull up and roller banner display. Chief Engineer guest of honour for Presentation Evening 2017. This was replicated by Essity sponsoring Presentation Evening 2018 and further strengthens the link between school and the business community.
STEM and International Enterprise support
Brownlow Utilities consultant Amanda Byrne worked with Year 9 and 10 students in autumn and spring term 2017/18. This involved advising on products and merchandising for a collaborative event between Our Lady’s and Maris College in The Hague. Students designed and manufactured, between the two countries, a number of souvenir products promoting the cities of The Hague and Liverpool to be sold at an enterprise market in Holland.
Easyjet Pilot support for International Summer School – The Science of Flight.
Easyjet Captain Matthew Atherton gave his time (a full week) to work with our students and guests from Spain and Mauritius to teach about the theory of flight and also teach how to fly radio controlled aircraft. This has been an ongoing relationship over the last 7 years for our bi-ennial International Summer Schools.
School Involvement in West Lancashire Business Partnership – Neil Dunbar (Assistant Headteacher) presented to this business forum to present opportunities for involvement with the school and is a regular attender at the morning business meetings (half-termly) at various industry venues in West Lancashire.