Charity & Community

Highcrest students have a licence to be thrilled at James Bond studios

Cracking computer codes and taking a peek behind the scenes of a movie studio were among the many activities enjoyed by students of The Highcrest Academy during a virtual work experience day.
 
The school in High Wycombe worked in collaboration, during National Careers Week earlier this month, with two organisations – Bucks Skills Hub and Speakers for Schools – at the online event.
 
Students were able to choose from placements with ANT Telecom, BAM ConstructionMcAfeeThe National Trust at Cliveden and Pinewood Studios.
 
One of the highlights was learning about all the creative behind-the-scenes work carried on at Pinewood, with two lucky students winning a personal tour of the world-famous studios – which are the home of the James Bond films.
 
Challenges also included designing an Easter activity for children, designing a sustainable housing development, and developing a marketing campaign. Around 80 students took part in the event.
 
Rob Evans, Careers Leader at Highcrest, said: “We were really proud of the way our students took advantage of these great opportunities and the employers were impressed with their engagement and enthusiasm. We were the first school in Bucks to offer this to our students and we hope to offer more opportunities in the future. We are very grateful to the organisations and companies who helped us.”

Marina Jackson, Under 19 Skills Manager for Buckinghamshire Skills Hub, said: “For a student, the opportunity to participate in a virtual work experience is essential in building work related skills, especially important during lockdown, it gives young people extra motivation and inspiration. For an employer, it gives an opportunity to demonstrate what goes on within your industry as well as being able to tap into new talent.”
 
Student Claudia Rich, from Year 9, was one of the winners of the personal tour of the film studios, along with Keira Pusey. Claudia said: “The Pinewood work experience was one of the best days for me. It made me realise how many jobs you can do in the film industry.”

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hiya bucks

hiya bucks

Here at hiya bucks we go on regular walks exploring the local towns, villages, public footpaths, gardens, rivers, lakes and more! We love getting out and about discovering new places to visit and we thoroughly enjoy going to local events and getting involved with the community. We hope to inspire others to step out of their daily routines and see more of our Beautiful Buckinghamshire.