Principal’s Message 4th May 2018

From time to time, parents and carers tell me of conversations they have had with others who are undecided about a choice of school. Their informed, strong and enthusiastic recommendation of Atrium Studio on those occasions is very satisfying.   What others say about our school, and their on-going endorsement, are the best advertisements we could wish for.

Our students are also excellent ambassadors. As we prepare to welcome our new Year 9 September cohort to next week’s Open Evening, I have been overwhelmed by how many Student Council members and current Year 9s have volunteered (without any prompting) to be on hand to support us and share their Atrium journey.

One of our key priorities is ‘to ensure that students have developed their
employability/success skills, and are therefore prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, or training’. On page 3, you will see some of the wonderful employer feedback following our Year 10 students’ second week of work experience.

In addition, other students across the full age ranges have enjoyed many
opportunities to work with industry professionals, as reported by Mrs Morcumb in her feature. These valuable experiences help all students develop the important attributes valued by employers and universities, such as communication, teamwork and time management. They also gain a practical understanding of working life; increase their independence, professionalism and confidence; enhance their employability skills; and boost their CV, university personal statement and jobapplications. It is also possible that they will meet their future employer!

Year 10 and 11 students recently learnt more about apprenticeships during a visit by Nadia Connabeer, Apprentice Mentor and Recruitment Coordinator for Shared Apprenticeships South West. We will be working closely with Nadia in the future, to ensure that you and your child are kept fully up-to-date with apprentice opportunities. In the meantime, you will find further information at
www.swsharedapprenticeships.com.

Please do keep talking to your child about the careers in which they may be
interested, as the sooner they see the ‘bigger picture’ the better!

I hope you all enjoy the long Bank Holiday weekend.