Year 10 Futures Conference at St James’ Park

Friday 1 July 2022

On Monday 27 June, 240 students from Year 10 at Emmanuel College descended upon Newcastle United Football Club for the inaugural Year 10 Futures Conference – their first opportunity in years to participate in an offsite event.

Students were greeted by almost 50 exhibitors keen to share their wisdom, expertise, and knowledge with all those involved.

It was great to see so many familiar faces: former students who had made time in their very busy calendars to serve the young people in our care. Similarly, it was a delight to introduce lots of new acquaintances to the College and show them what we are about. We are very grateful that they made time for us.

Several year groups remained in College; however, we were able to livestream our pitch-side assembly to every tutor group. Former Head Girl, Jessica Morgan, was kind enough to join us for the first interview of the day, where she spoke about her journey into the construction industry through an apprenticeship in which she spent four months in six different companies across the two-year course.

Thanks to Gavin Ferry, Newcastle United Foundation, for the warm welcome and encouraging address.

There was a lovely atmosphere as the students circulated and chatted to the exhibitors. We scheduled three interviews into the itinerary. Thanks to our Business Engagement Partner, Graham Sleep, for your expert guidance and support with the interviews.

Speaking about entrepreneurship, it was a pleasure to welcome back alumnus Aaron Morris, accompanied by his wife and business partner, Zara. Extolling the virtues of apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships, we had alumni Katie Watson, Megan Oliver, Jake Jones (Rolls-Royce), Sarah Larmour, Sophie Phillips, and Josh (Rolls-Royce). Finally, taking to the stage were two former students from my first-ever A level Economics class, Garry Charlton and Ben Cattanach!

The afternoon brought a change of pace with three keynote speakers, alumni Chris Waugh and Lauren Bathan FCIPD CMgr MCMI, and Professor Julia Newton. It was a marvellous opportunity for the students to learn from experts in their chosen fields.

What a fabulous way to kick-start Year 10 Futures Week! Students left the event informed, inspired and interested in learning more throughout the rest of this exciting week. As Professor Julia said: “The world is your oyster. Think big, and dream big dreams.”