Harleston pupils look to future at careers day event
- Credit: Tortie Ward
More than 500 youngsters from around Harleston travelled to a careers event which teachers hope will raise their aspirations.
Set at Norwich Cathedral, Tuesday's career day saw more than 80 businesses talk to pupils aged seven to 13 about their future.
Organised by the Harleston Cluster, which includes Archbishop Sancroft High School plus primary schools in Harleston, Alburgh, Brockdish and Pulham, the day was designed to appeal to its younger-than-usual audience, with solicitors dressing up as judges and bishops outfits on display.
The day was called When I Grow Up and was designed to inspire youngsters to consider career paths they had not thought of.
Richard Cranmer, headteacher of the high school, said: 'One of the key priorities for the schools in our trust is to raise aspirations of all of the children.
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'This is not just about encouraging them to go to the top universities and aiming for the highest paid jobs but more about opening their eyes to the vast array of jobs and careers that are and will be available to them in the future.'
He said that living in rural communities can limit the access that young people have to learn about the opportunities available to them.
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'Each of our schools has a Church of England foundation and we were delighted to be able to use Norwich Cathedral as a venue for this ground-breaking event and combine it with our annual carol service,' he said.
The headteacher said the impact on the children was 'breath-taking'.
'This has indeed achieved our objective of opening eyes and fits perfectly with our motto 'from ASHS to anywhere',' he said.
In the afternoon, students enjoyed a carol service in the stunning setting of the Cathedral.
Earlier this year, governors of the cluster formed the Sancroft Church Schools Trust as a way of formalising the group.
It works to bring the pupils and families together through various events and activities.
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