Careers Week

Lunchtime Lectures

Our recent Careers Week included representatives from a number of different sectors including Law, Medicine, Banking, Emergency services and Graphic Design. Each completed a presentation and question and answer session which were well received by the students.

Big Interview Day Friday 10th March 2023

As part of the National Careers Week, Presdales organised invaluable mock interviews for all our Year 10 students. It was a very enjoyable day with excellent participation and interaction from the students. The feedback, from the external interviewers, was extremely positive. This will definitely be repeated going forward as it proved to be a very beneficial session for all concerned.

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Year 10 Writing Skills Workshop 2023

During January and February the Year 10 students have taken part in a CV and interview skills workshop, in place of their PE lesson. Sarah Gardiner from Services for Young People (SfYP) has helped them with their interview techniques and they were able to spend time working on their CV’s.

This is in preparation for their mock interview, ‘Big Interview Day’, on Friday 10th March.

Apprenticeship Week

This week we welcomed representatives from both Tesco and GSK into assemblies to speak to Years 8 to 11 about apprenticeship opportunities post-16 and post-18. Jo Drewitt, Head of Development Programmes from Tesco, and Kathy Freeman, the Early Talent Manager from GSK, and current GSK apprenticeship students gave our students information to consider regarding possible routes into apprenticeships.

For further information about Apprenticeships, please visit our Careers page on the school website or refer to Mrs Stephenson’s email of 6th February 2023 which had the following links:




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Year 11 Taster Day

On Thursday 10th November, 30 students, who are considering pursuing a college pathway, visited both the Broxbourne and Ware Hertford Regional College campuses. They visited different departments and thoroughly enjoyed participating in taster sessions in Hairdressing and Art & Design.

The remainder of the year group had taster lessons in A Level subjects that they are thinking of studying in September. These students were able to attend sample sessions in every subject offered.




STEAM Week 2022

STEAM week : 31st October to 4th November 2022

Virtual STEM Morning

On Tuesday 31st October Year 8 students participated in a virtual STEM morning. Through a live stream students meet Engineers. The students were given two Challenges. Working to a tight deadline, students built an Eco Factory Roller Loader, this was a marble run to safely move a product from A to B, the slower the better. Well done to the winning group, Jemima, Kennedy, Liv, Millie, Charlotte and Emily. The second challenge was called BEST Pitch, teams had to brainstorm and come up with an idea for an invention or piece of tech, and then present their ideas to the others in their form group. The winning idea was a Colour Changing Radiator. Excellent work by Mia, Gabby, Mia, Sienna R and Sienna Musk.

“I really enjoyed the virtual steam week video call because it was fun and gave a lot of inspiration to do a stem involved job. My favourite part is when we had to make a marble take the longest to touch the floor whilst moving. Overall, it was a great experience and recommend it for future years”. Amelie Langford

Medical Mavericks

On Wednesday Medical Mavericks spent time with Year 9, they explored different professions in the NHS and had a chance to try out a range of medical equipment.

• Ultrasound • Pulse Doppler • Keyhole Surgery • Blood vessels infrared Vein scanner • Recording an ECG • Exploring the eye • Hearing • Reflexes

What the students had to say:

‘I really enjoyed Medical Mavericks. It was really fun and exciting to learn about what practice is like with different professions. I love learning about the less well known jobs. The activities were interesting, I especially enjoyed the drunk goggles and looking at growth plates to see if I was going to grow taller. Great experience.’ Athene 9IS

‘I loved the Medical Mavericks lesson. I really enjoyed being able to use all the equipment that would actually be used in a hospital.’

‘The Medical Mavericks was an interesting experience. It allowed us to do things with proper/ modified medical equipment. I enjoyed doing keyhole surgery. Drawing blood was definitely the worst, it was difficult. I was the session had been longer!’ Cecilia 9IS

‘I really enjoyed Medical Mavericks, as it gave us a taster activity into what the different Jobs are in the NHS. I think it was really cool how they can tell if we will grow taller or not. That was my favourite.’ Marlee 9IS