Able and Aspiring Lectures

The Able and Aspiring lectures are designed to further develop the knowledge and skills of our most able students. They are open to all year groups, including year 12 and 13 and are delivered by members of staff, individuals from outside agencies and the parents and carers of our school community.

These talks are conducted on a variety of different topics, inside and outside of the normal curriculum and are a fantastic opportunity for our students to broaden their knowledge whilst giving them an experience of what higher education will look like. Students are given a note book to take notes in, on their own accord, and are encouraged to participate and ask questions throughout.

Examples of talks we have had in the past include;

  • 'Counting and beyond' where Mr Elliot took students through degree level counting and being able to use a formula to speed this process up
  • 'Big Data' where Mr Surridge-Taylor introduced students to how computers and larger agencies use our data and what this means for the 21st century person
  • 'The Brain' where Dr Simon Paine showed students how to dissect a brain but also talked about how our brain works and how he, as a doctor, diagnoses brain diseases and problems
  • 'Metaphysics' where Miss Jones talked to students about the science behind existance

Our lectures are in The Curve in the college building and are held on a Tuesday from 3.15 to 4.15pm. Our focus this term is giving an insight into careers and pathways to get there. Please see below planned lectures for this half term:

Tuesday 8th October: Mr Nigel Catt

  • Mr Catt runs three businesses with his main current focus on escape rooms, based at Kelham Hall. This form of entertainment is growing rapidly and they have also launched a board game cafe in Newark. Mr Catt also runs live theatrical events from murder mysteries to scare mazes.

Tuesday 15th October: Dan Bowtell

  • Mr Bowtell is a partner in a corporate finance company, Smith Cooper. Corporate finance is an area of finance that deals with sources of funding, the capital structure of corporations, the actions that managers take to increase the value of the firm to the shareholders, and the tools and analysis used to allocate financial resources.

I look forward to seeing all of you there.

Miss Middleton

January 2020


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