To celebrate our Maths and Computing Specialist Status and promote these subjects to both post-16 and post-18 students, BRGS funded a two-day conference which was hosted at Fearns High School. Gill Spokes, Assistant Head at BRGS, organised the conference and worked in partnership with Helen Stead, Deputy Head at Fearns.
On the first day of the conference Lancashire Education Business Partnership (LEBP) presented an industrial masterclass in conjunction with Young Enterprise North-West and Manchester Airport. A group of Year 11 BRGS students joined forces with Year 11 FEARNS students to spend the day running a fictitious Airline.
They worked in small mixed groups and their marketing, product design, financial and managerial skills were put to the test. This event was arranged for those students who have an interest in further study or careers in Maths, Business Studies and/or ICT
On the second day, students benefited from lectures from staff from Salford University and Manchester Metropolitan University with the event culminating with a workshop session called ‘Fun with Maths’ where students from Alder Grange, Fearns and BRGS enjoyed working in partnership to build a giant tetrahedron and complete other maths-related timed-tasks.
Gill said: “Next year we hope to continue to build our partnerships with other secondary schools to develop a shared conference which will celebrate each local school’s specialisms.”