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Mock Interviews

 

A group of Sixth Form students took part in mock interviews, organised by Progress and Welfare Coach, Ms Niles, and Careers Adviser, Mrs McDermott, through an initiative run by Leeds Job Centre.

Following the success of last year’s interviews, these staff members arranged for volunteers from the Department of Work and Pensions’ ‘Community 10,000 Volunteer Project’ to take part. Three volunteers kindly came into school to conduct the interviews with over 40 students.

The experience was designed to be as real as possible; students were given official interview invitations and were asked to dress smartly and prepare for the questions that could be asked. Janet Clarke, from Leeds Job Centre, and Mrs McDermott began the morning by briefing the students, giving them some insight into the process as well as offering some tips on how to impress.

Although the students were all very apprehensive in the run up to the event, they all showed courage by taking part. Some attended their interview in smart business-dress and brought along a copy of their CV to refer to.

The students enjoyed the experience and came out of their interviews smiling when it was all over. They were given scores and feedback on their technique, helping them to prepare for their futures and the many more interviews ahead. Be it applying for a course or looking for a job, the students who took part gained valuable experience and a boost to their confidence.

Ms Niles said, “I was really proud of how the students conducted themselves and we got some great feedback from the interviewers.”

"An inclusive school that is focused on providing the best education for its students"
- Prospective Parent
“Excellent facilities, improving school”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Very impressed with the sports facilities"
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Staff are passionate and committed to developing and improving"
- Parent
“Impressed with the consistent enthusiasm of the teaching staff when discussing feedback”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
"Pupils look smart and are well engaged in their lessons"
- Prospective Parent
“I especially liked the Science and Maths departments”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
“Driven leadership, confident pupils. Staff friendly and open to discussing subjects and needs of my child”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"So pleased that both my children are at a school, where the performing arts (and other arts) are such a priority."
- Parent
"Fantastic student ambassadors who are a credit to the school."
- Prospective Parent
"Strong leadership and motivation with an emphasis on progress"
- Parent
“Welcoming staff, friendly, confident students and excellent facilities”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
“Great facilities. Dedicated and enthusiastic staff”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Thank you for making my daughter's first year with you such a good one. We are impressed with how she has settled in and grown as a person throughout the year"
- Year 7 Parent
"Safe, Supportive, Diverse"
- Local Authority Representative
"A great learning environment; light, bright and spacious classrooms, clean and well organised."
- Prospective Parent
“Great opportunity to meet staff and gain greater depth of my child’s achievement”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
“Clean, bright, vibrant learning space”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"I have observed behaviour that illustrates strong team bonds between teams within the school; again another positive feature about the school culture engendered"
- Parent
"I am so pleased with the School Gateway app. Every day I can see any achievement and behaviour points my daughter gets and she knows that I’ll discuss it with her; it encourages her to do well."
- Year 8 Parent
"An open and welcoming atmosphere - very useful being allowed to look at teaching and learning"
- Prospective Parent
“It was good to speak to his form tutor and hear about what is happening in class”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
“Friendly staff, well-behaved kids”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"I have observed behaviour that illustrates strong team bonds between teams within the school; again another positive feature about the school culture engendered"
- Parent
"I applaud the focus on rewarding good behaviour. My son feels appreciated and recognised at Allerton Grange; we're all so proud."
- Year 8 Parent
"The reward and behaviour system is clear, well enforced and has positive results!"
- Parent
“Excellent feedback, we’re very happy with progress so far”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018