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THURSDAY sees the return of a collaborative partnership between Bowland High, Ribblesdale, St Augustine’s R.C High School and Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.

The four Ribble Valley Schools have once again joined forces to organise the BRAG About Your Career event.

Year 11 pupils from all four schools have received a personal invitation to attend the event which will be held at Mytton Fold Hotel and Golf Complex, Langho, and will be open to these pupils and their parents/carers from 4 p.m. – 7-30 p.m.

The fundamental objective of the event is to help pupils obtain impartial careers information and enable them to make well-informed and realistic decisions about their futures beyond school, whether in further education or employment. Pupils will need to register upon arrival.

The exciting event will provide an opportunity for pupils to find out information from sixth forms, colleges, training providers and local employers, enabling them to achieve their individual career aspirations.

If you would like any further information regarding this event please contact either Helen Dakin at Bowland High hdakin@bowlandhigh.lancs.sch.uk or Julia Billington at Ribblesdale High School jbillington@ribblesdale.org

John Tarbox, Headteacher at Bowland High School, said: “It is really important for young people to think about all of the options open to them after Year 11. It is very easy to drift through Year 11 without a clear plan for next year, so now is the time to check everything out and apply to make sure a place is secured. BRAG is the chance to see the full range of options all under one roof – some of which people might not even have thought of – and to speak to each provider face-to-face.”

Mr Jonathan Powell, Deputy Headteacher (Head of Sixth Form) Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, said: “We are, once again, very pleased to be working in partnership with other Ribble Valley schools. It is important to ensure that all our young people have access to quality information advice and guidance to help them to make informed decisions.

“Awareness of what opportunities exist, both locally and further afield, has never been more important. We hope that everyone who attends the BRAG About Your Career event will feel that it has helped them in the decision making process that lies ahead.”

Mr Chris Greenough, Assistant Headteacher at St Augustine’s RC High School, said: “Choosing your next path in life can be quite daunting for pupils in Year 11 in terms of assessing what options are available and who can provide these options. We are delighted to support and work with other Ribble Valley schools enabling our students to access a wealth of information under one roof at the BRAG event this week. Thanks to this event, students can learn about their options in terms of further education, employment and training to make an informed choice for their post-16 pathway.”

Mr Stephen Cox, Headteacher at Ribblesdale High School, said: “This is an excellent event for young people in the Ribble Valley to explore the choices and opportunities available post 16. With such stiff competition for places in training and further education, it is essential that our young people have a chance to discuss their possible pathways for the future with the key players. Having a direction, and clear plan for the future is something which is clearly important to instil in as many young people as possible, BRAG is an inspiring event which goes a long way to support this aim.”