A group of Samuel Ward Academy students revealed how much their involvement in a special five month project has enlightened and benefitted them on what lies ahead in the world of higher education and the workplace.
The year eight and nine aspiration students - all predicted to get ten A or A* GCSEs - have been part of the Who Asks Us project run by Jill Barton, from giving Young People a Voice and Paul Press, from Offshoot Foundation.
The project set out to inspire the students to achieve more in their post-school lives through a variety of means.
Students interviewed teachers at their school, asking a number of questions, including how they cope with pressure at work and how important they thought it was to go to university.
Visits were made to Adams Harrison Solicitors, Barclays Bank (Haverhill), Herbert, St Edmundsbury Council and ESco, where employers and employees were questioned about their work and how they came to be where they are now.
They visited Anglia Ruskin and Cambridge University, speaking to students and lecturers about the importance of university life and why they think it is important.
The project culminated last Wednesday (5) with the screening at the school of a film made about the project and the presentation of challenges they were set by the businesses they visited.
Students told of their experiences on the project. Rachael Simmons said: “The project has given me a wide range of careers and opportunities to think about.
“It’s also given me the opportunity to think about my future.”
Joel Ridgway added: “I have found this project quite insightful and interesting into the way that businesses work.”