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Local professionals and RAF helicopter visit Sun Academy Bradwell to inspire pupils’ careers

Sun Academy Bradwell recently held its first ever Careers Week, and people working in different jobs across the community visited the academy to run workshops for pupils and talk about their jobs, the skills they need and their career journey.

Careers Week gave pupils the opportunity to meet and learn from people in lots of different jobs so they can see the choices that are open to them later in life. We believe that it is important to help young people to think about how they may want to contribute to their community when they are older. The visits aimed to give pupils the self-belief that they can achieve anything they want to and inspire them to aim to reach their full potential.

Pupils and staff were very excited to have a helicopter from RAF Shawbury land at the academy to start off the week. All the children at the academy saw the helicopter land at the academy, explored the aircraft and asked questions to the display team. The visit aimed to spark an interest in STEM subjects and encourage pupils at Sun Academy Bradwell to think about their future career.

Some of the special guests were:

  • Chief Technician Matt Smithers and his team from RAF Shawbury who held workshops with Year 2 to 6 pupils including survival information, use of an ejector seat, ammunition and personal hygiene.
  • Stoke-on-Trent born professional boxer Scott Lawton ran a boxing training session and put on a demonstration for pupils.
  • Officers from Staffordshire Police told Early Years and KS1 pupils about their important job as a positive role models for the community. Pupils went in the police van and put on the sirens and flashing lights.
  • Dr Gillian Rees from Stoke Health Centre, and her daughter who is currently training as a doctor, talked to Nursery pupils about their jobs and training, and gave a detailed, hands-on display of the equipment they use to do their jobs.
  • Father Chris Routledge from St Barnabas Church in Bradwell told pupils about his vocation as a Vicar, showing them items he uses such as holy oils for prayer.
  • Professional dancers from Jill Clewes Academy for Theatre Arts held a dance workshop with Years 3 and 4.
  • Personal trainer Samantha Arthur gave Year 1 pupils a fitness workshop.

Bobbie Caisley, Principal at Sun Academy Bradwell commented:

“I am very pleased that the children at Sun Academy Bradwell have had such an exciting and inspiring week. It is so important to show our pupils that they can be anything they want to be and that nothing can stand in their way if they work hard and have resilience. Showing our pupils now the diverse career choices available to them and how their unique skills can help them to be successful really gives them the determination to aspire to be the best they can be. A huge thank you to all our guests who visited throughout the week for giving the children such an enjoyable experience.”

Niamh and Aidan, Year 6 pupils and Pupil Ambassadors at Sun Academy Bradwell commented: “Being able to see the RAF, watch the helicopter land and actually go in it as well learning about ejector seats and the life boat was amazing and exciting. It has given us some fabulous ideas about what we would like to be when we get older. We would like to say thank you for a memorable day and experience.”


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