Rydens Enterprise School (RES)
WoTTA meets Rydens Enterprise School to establish links to our events and businesses
Just before the Easter holidays WoTTA steering Group members Joanna Gordon, Tracey Blandford and Danny O’Sullivan met with Head Teacher Mrs Anne-Louise Payne and Deputy Head Mr Richard Beeson to find out more about the schools actions and future plans now they are an established member of the Howard of Effingham Trust.
Mrs Payne said time has flown, the new leadership have been in place for nearly one year already, but that the focus is firmly on the teaching and learning processes and outcomes from all pupils. Mr Beeson shared with us information on recent events, including the Year 11 Apprentice Competition which started in the Autumn term with fifteen students taking part to a thrilling final of just three. The overall winner, Joe Taylor, will see his ideas included in the schools multi-media advertising campaign for the NEW school which will open in late 2017.
As well as the Apprentice competition the school run a regular Future Friday scheme where local businesses come into school to talk to students about the opportunities they can offer. This is an ideal scheme for WoTTA members to get involved in as they can build links for future short-term work placements, volunteering opportunities and generally build aspirations in pupils who are still to decide on a career path.
Danny, Franchise owner of McDonald’s Walton, was particularly keen to hear that all of the year 9 cohort have been challenged to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and he feels confident that Walton businesses and sports groups can offer the youngsters opportunities to achieve the scheme's goals.
Joanna Gordon, Managing Director took the time to explain all the schemes WoTTA are involved in to combat anti-social behaviour across Walton and particularly wanted to offer the chance for students to meet with her to input on future projects including Walton-in-Bloom, creation of a Walton Trail and the possibility of new recreational facilities including a skate park. WoTTA has huge aspirations to develop facilities for the youth community and it is only with input from students that we can ensure we focus our attention, and any investment funds we receive on, what young people really want.
The meeting was really productive with both groups gaining a clear understanding of what each has to offer and is looking to achieve. Many actions were agreed, including PR support for RES from WoTTA and continued specific meetings to start making progress of the ideas shared.