The School Liaison team help to bridge the gap between school and college by offering information, advice and guidance to school leavers about all things Weston! You may see us in your school delivering a presentation in assembly or through a school leaver event at college, either way be sure to come and say hello!
Our ethos at Weston is all about Careers not courses however, the first step towards your chosen career is through the right course and we are here to help you gain the information you need and get a taste of college life through our regular events to make your decision a little easier.
Services for schools
We work with schools to support them to meet the Gatsby Careers benchmarks by offering bespoke assemblies, subject specific workshops or taster sessions in school or college. We can also attend progression events in school such as careers fairs, mock interview days and employability days. We understand that familiarity can make change feel a little easier so we are happy to carry out application drop-in workshops in tutor times or lunchtimes throughout the year to aid the transition into new surroundings ease.
Services for students
We know that experience is key in making decisions about next steps so we organise events and activities throughout the year for students to gain an insight into a new subject and find out what life is like as a student at Weston College. Events include subject workshops in half terms, summer schools and taster days as well as our weekly campus tours. We are available outside of term time to offer advice and guidance about post 16 options including a results service on GCSE results day to support students to deal with queries about their progression to college or make a last-minute application.
Services for parents
We understand that the move to college from school can be difficult for parents too! We’re here to make the transition for everyone a little smoother by providing a first port of call for parents to find out more information about support the college can offer or answer questions about progression routes. We deal with all sorts of queries so feel free to get in touch so that we can discuss your concerns.
How can I get in touch?
We are happy to talk, it’s what we are here for so see our individual staff profiles below or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch.
Our Virtual Offer (during COVID)
Although life may be a little different at the moment we are still available to offer help and support. For schools, in the absence of face to face contact we can provide you with recorded or live ‘virtual’ presentations to use as you wish, virtual events and bespoke information for noticeboards or screens.
Meet the Team
Likes: A good curry, the body shop, Gogglebox and making people laugh.
Dislikes: Fussy eaters(Georgia!) bad time keeping and heights.
Proud moments: Gaining a Master’s degree whilst working and raising a family
Looking back to when I was at school the options were either sixth form or get a job. I didn’t want either but opted for sixth form which I enjoyed but not for the work.
It transpired I’m not great an exams so failed my A levels and was convinced to retake at (a different) college and failed again. It was only when I was at college that I found out that there were other ways to learn and gain qualifications, perhaps if I had known this before I might have made a different decision about my next steps. I’ve now worked in FE for over 15 years providing careers guidance to students and school leavers, before that I supported adults to find work.
I feel strongly that experiences shape our understanding of the world and I feel very lucky to be able to support school leavers with opportunities to gain clarity about their next steps and future careers.
Likes: Beige food, Fake tan, LUSH, Family Guy, Primark Sprees, YouTube
Dislikes: Smelly foods (Tuna, eggs etc), Going abroad, Not getting enough sleep
Proud moments: Graduating (Twice!), Going Viral, Dance Medals, Shows at Playhouse, Getting my job at Weston College and winning 3 awards there.
When I left school I just copied what most of my friends did in terms of further education, I didn’t really think about what would work best for me, my goals/ambitions and how I worked best.
I was torn between academia and creativity (or as I saw it- fun), so in the end I just did what I thought you were ‘supposed’ to do, which was the more traditional route. I look back and think I would’ve done things differently had I had the chance to speak to someone like a School Liaison Officer about the transition from school to college.
My background is in Performing Arts, Filmmaking, Creative Media, and Marketing. Being a homebody and having lived in Weston all my life (and love it), working for Weston College is something that makes me very proud. My favourite thing about my role as a School Liaison Officer is getting to help, guide and support all the young people and families that I do. It feels nice to make a difference to young people.
Likes: Trashy reality shows, Christmas, CAKE!, Holidays, Interior Style (love a fancy hotel).
Dislikes: Being cold or tired, negative people, scary films.
Proud moments: Moving away from home and graduating from University, buying my first home.
When it came to choosing what to do when I left school I didn’t really have a clue what it meant long term. I just knew I wasn’t very academic so wanted something more hands on. This resulted in me changing direction a few times after leaving college and I felt a little bit lost.
Whilst I’m glad I followed what I thought was the right thing to do, if I had been given more in depth information about my next steps I would have been able to make a more informed choice and had a better understanding of where it could take me.
My background ranges from customer service, fashion and education. I’m super grateful to be able to use and share my experiences to help future learners better understand their options and the opportunities it can bring. I thrive from helping others and love being able to connect with young people and their families in the local community.
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