Blackpool Aspirations Week: Monday 22nd May – Friday 26th May 2017

Over 150 volunteers have been visiting primary schools across Blackpool this week to help raise aspirations and broaden the horizons of children in the areas.

Below are a small selection of photographs. To see the rest please click here.

To get involved either as a school or volunteer just visit the Primary Futures website.

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The reaction from the children has been amazing. One eight year old from Stanley Primary School said “what I loved about this day was that we got to explore different jobs that are in the world that we didn’t know about. This experience has allowed me to keep an open mind about my future job”.

Blackpool Aspirations Week: Monday 22nd May – Friday 26th May 2017

Blackpool Aspirations Week: Monday 22nd May – Friday 26th May 2017

It all started last year, with one Blackpool school, St Nicholas C of E Primary, hosting an event with volunteers. At the time the school only had access to the 45 volunteers registered on the free online matchmaking system,  Inspiring the Future. Thanks to the success of the event word has spread and there are now over 500 volunteers registered in the Blackpool area.

Blackpool Aspirations Week: Monday 22nd May – Friday 26th May 2017

Blackpool Aspirations Week: Monday 22nd May – Friday 26th May 2017

This week has seen a series of activities with volunteers from the world of work chatting to the children about their job, career route and the subjects they studied at school. Volunteers have represented a huge variety of industry sectors and many of the major employers from Blackpool Council, NHS and HMRC to Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Radio Wave, Lancashire Police, the Merchant Navy and many more.

Andy Mellor, Headteacher of St Nicholas C of E Primary believes that this is a project which has real impact on the lives of primary aged children. He said that “We want our children in Blackpool to aspire to be the best that they can be, to work hard and achieve their full potential. The partnership between schools and the business community in Blackpool and wider afield is seeing children inspired to achieve more and widens their horizons. The country is looking to Blackpool as a model for this work and the town should be proud of this work which is setting the pace nationally, and it is free to schools!”

Read the coverage from the Blackpool Gazette.

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The schools who took part were:

  • Bispham Endowed C of E Primary School, Monday 22nd May
  • Hawes Side Academy, Tuesday 23rd May
  • Stanley Primary School Wednesday 24th May
  • St John Vianney Catholic Primary, Thursday 24th May
  • Anchorsholme Academy, Friday 25th May 

Special thanks go to 5 people who took part every day – Jane Croft, Effie Sharpe, Kath Corrigan and Nigel Whitaker, and to those who traveled from London to take part in Blackpool Aspirations week including Lord Lucas, Editor of the Good Schools Guide,  Kim Johnson, Anne Lyons, Russell Hobby and Charles Horesey. The volunteers who took part included:

Bispham Endowed C of E Primary – Monday 22nd May
Andy MitchellPresenterRadio Wave
Anna MarchwackaFinance AssistantTrinity Hospice and Palliative Care Services Ltd
Caitlin DavisStudentBlackpool Sixth Form College
Carol WyldeNurseBrian House Children’s Hospice
Charles HorseyTransport for London
Derek LongstaffAppeals Mandatory Reconsideration OfficerHer Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
Effie SharpSenior Primary Education ConsultantRandstad Education
Inspector James MartinNeighbourhood Policing InspectorLancashire Police
Jackie BullockDatabase AdministratorTrinity Hospice
Jane CroslandPolicy analyst/Olympic torch bearerCivil Service
Jeanette AthertonCurriculum Leader – ComputingBlackpool and the Flyde College
John StirzakerZXDigitalRecording company
Kath CorriganTech project manager/acupuncturistChildren, health and pension services / DWP
Kelly Crompton-RobertsHer Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
Kim JohnsonImmediate Past PresidentNAHT
Lauren CodlingCommunity Fundraiser (Inspirational Speaker)Blue Skies Hospital Fund
Lord LucasEditorThe Good Schools Guide
Maria SmaleBusiness ManagerMcDonalds
Michelle RouineRecruitment Team ManagerTraining 2000
Monika BalcerakStudentBlackpool Sixth Form College
Nick HarperConsultant AnesthetistNHS – Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Nigel WhitakerNational Secretary/ambassadorMerchant Navy
PC Claire Van Deurs GossImmediate Response OfficerLancashire Police
Peter AshworthChief ExecutiveCidari Multi Academy Trust
Rachel YoungerSchool Business ManagerSt Nicholas Primary School
Shirley MorganPress and communications managerTrinity Hospice and Palliative Care Services Ltd
Dr Stuart AinsworthBiological ScientistLiverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Sue HirstHead of Fast trackCivil Service
Suzanne KingDefence business improvementMinistry of Defence
Prof. Ted SmithResearch EngineerUniversity of Central Lancashire
Victoria AuldPilotBritish Antarctic Survey
 Hawes Side Academy – Tuesday 23rd May
Anne LyonsNational PresidentNAHT     
Andrew DaviesMedia Specialist and PractitionerBlackpool and the Flyde College
Brett BlackburnMinistry of Defence / commsCivil Service
David McIntyreProspective PGCE Chemistry StudentUniversity of Central Lancashire
Dr John WelshmanSenior LecturerLancaster University
Effie SharpSenior Primary Education ConsultantRandstad Education
Emma PadgettCommunity FundraiserTrinity Hospice and Palliative Care Services Ltd
Hayley TopselviEducation CoordinatorChamber of Commerce
Jane CroslandPolicy analyst/Olympic torch bearerCivil Service
Julia BrownWork CoachDepartment for work and pensions, Jobcentre Plus
Julie BirkettLand Registry ExecutiveCivil Service
Kath CorriganTech Project Manager/AcupuncturistChildren, health and pension services / DWP
Lauren CodlingCommunity Fundraiser (Inspirational Speaker)Blue Skies Hospital Fund
Leanne Marie DochertyBusiness Develop Manager/ DirectorVllancs/ LM Training
Michelle RouineRecruitment Team ManagerTraining 2000
Mike TaplinSenior ManagerBlackpool Council
Nigel WhitakerNational Secretary/AmbassadorMerchant Navy
PC Ian AshtonCommunity Cohesion Uniformed Police OfficerLancashire Police
Reene HiltonCommunity Cohesion and Special ConstableLancashire Police
Dr Stuart AinsworthBiological ScientistLiverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Stanley Primary – Wednesday 24th May
Adam PlummerCurriculum Manager in EngineeringBlackpool and the Flyde College
Andy FairbrotherDirector Business OperationsAssociated Training Solutions Ltd
Andy SykesDeputy EditorBlackpool Gazette
Effie SharpSenior Primary Education ConsultantRandstad Education
Elizabeth FecittService Improvement and Implementation AnalystThe Royal Bank of Scotland
Emma LoveHEODWP
Emma PadgettCommunity FundraiserTrinity Hospice and Palliative Care Services Ltd
Hollie WoodardProject Manager – RailVolkerRail Ltd
Jane CroslandPolicy analyst/Olympic torch bearerCivil Service
Jeannie SchofieldPhotographer
Jen FisherSpecial Constabulary and Volunteer Co-ordinatorLancashire Constabulary
John WestheadHead of Operations and LearningTraining 2000
Karen LambertMarketing and Branding DirectorHappy Creative
Kath CorriganTech Project Manager/AcupuncturistChildren, health and pension services / DWP
Lauren CodlingCommunity Fundraiser (Inspirational Speaker)Blue Skies Hospital Fund
Marj Bullen-McCandlessIT Supplier Performance ManagerDWP Digital
Michelle RouineRecruitment Team ManagerTraining 2000
Michelle StevensonExecutive Director (Legal), SolicitorProgress Housing Group Limited
Nigel WhitakerNational Secretary/AmbassadorMerchant Navy
Paul DewhurstChief Information OfficerBlackpool and the Flyde College
Sarah RileyPoverty & Partnerships CoordinatorGreat Places Housing Association
Sharon McDonaldLawyerNapthens
Shirley MorganPress and Communications ManagerTrinity and Brian House
Simon BrookeMarketing and Branding DirectorHappy Creative
Simon PagePastor
Thomas CassidyFoundations Year One DoctorYork Hospital Trust
Zahoor AhmedAOHMRC -TCO
 
St John Vianney Catholic Primary – Thursday 25th May
Andrew Cook Regional Director North WestOfsted
Andrew EvasonWaste Management and ComplianceEnvironment Agency
Andy FairbrotherDirector Business OperationsAssociated Training Solutions Ltd
Andy IredaleDirector of Customer EngagementBlackpool and the Flyde College
Effie SharpSenior Primary Education ConsultantRandstad Education
Helen WalbeyPolicy Chair for Health and Diversity Federation of Small Businesses
Jane CroslandPolicy Analyst/Olympic torch bearerCivil Service
Jonathan BarnesRelationship DirectorSantander
Julie BirkettLand Registry ExecutiveCivil Service
Kath CorriganTech Project Manager/AcupuncturistChildren, health and pension services / DWP
Katie Donnelli-HunStudentBlackpool Sixth Form College
Lauren CodlingCommunity Fundraiser (Inspirational Speaker)Blue Skies Hospital Fund
Michelle RouineRecruitment Team ManagerTraining 2000
Nigel WhitakerNational Secretary/AmbassadorMerchant Navy
PC Claire Van Deurs GossImmediate Response OfficerLancashire Police
Police Sgt Darrell ShuckUniformed Community Cohesion SgtLancashire Police
Russell Hobby General SecretaryNAHT     
Salim JogiAdministration OfficerHer Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
Sharon McDonaldLawyerNapthens
Sarah CuttsFreelance Translator
Suzanne HallRenewal and Digital Strategy TeamHer Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
   
Anchorsholme Academy – Friday 26th May  
Callum GrahamEx pupil/ Sixth form student
Carlos PascualVetAndrew Mellor Vets
Charles PeillNursing DepartmentBlackpool Victoria Hospital
Darcey HughesStudent (ex pupil)Blackpool Sixth Form College
Effie SharpSenior Primary Education ConsultantRandstad Education
Hannah Dell’ArmiProduction Director and Studio ManagerLittle Lovebird Paperie & Every1
Harriet SimpsonSpeech and Language TherapistThe Language Tree
Ian ClarePhotographer
Jane CroslandPolicy analyst/Olympic torch bearerCivil Service
Jenny WrightSenior Credit PartnerSantander Corporate Bank
Jordan KehoeRestaurant ManagerBlackpool and the Flyde College
Joseph SpencerArchitectFirth Architects
Kath CorriganTech project manager/acupuncturistChildren, health and pension services / DWP
Liane HicksonStaff NurseTrinity Hospice
Lorna BoltonCommunity Beat ManagerLancashire Police
Lynnsey BurnPharmacist Boots
Michelle RouineRecruitment Team ManagerTraining 2000
Ndifreke EkaetteLPC StudentUniversity of Law
Nick HarrisonMyerscough College
Nigel WhitakerNational Secretary/AmbassadorMerchant navy
Paul FieldingPR, Media and Communications ManagerBlackpool & Flyde College
Paul HarterBlackpool Station ManagerNetwork Rail
Paula ClaytonsmithDirector Strategy & PerformanceGaist Solutions Ltd
PC Guy HarrisonUniformed Community Beat ManagerLancashire Police
PCSO Hannah FryerUniformed PCSO for Neighbourhood PolicingLancashire Police
Steve Richards AO Operations DirectorAO.com
Tess PagePrincipalMercer