The Ripley Academy has turned over a new leaf

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Hundreds of students at The Ripley Academy have been given a taste of the world of work as part of an innovative day designed to get them thinking about their futures.

Students across the whole school enjoyed a careers event which saw traditional lessons replaced with a series of diverse activities.

A careers fair took place which local employers visit the academy including Flint Bishop solicitors, the RAF, the Army, Soper BMW - Lincoln, Derbyshire police, Rolls-Royce, Ripley Leisure Centre and Manthorpe Engineering.

Year 7 students took part in science activities linked to careers and were given the opportunity to perform duties that would be carried out by forensic scientists, food chemists and doctors.

Students in Year 8 looked at careers linked to Maths and Year 9 explored the skills needed to succeed in business which included taking part in a scenario based on TV show The Apprentice.

The focus in Years 10 and 11 was exploring careers and work experience while students in Years 12 and 13 looked at preparing for life after sixth form.

Pete Bradley, curriculum leader for humanities, said: “The students have really benefited from the day and it’s been extremely successful. It is something that will become a regular event at the academy.

“We want our students to start thinking about their careers right from Year 7 and give them lots of ideas for the future.”

Archie Paskin, 15, said the fair had been extremely useful.

He said: “It’s really opened my eyes to all the different opportunities out there.”