Mrs Lisette Cook, a Cokethorpe parent, kindly volunteered time out of her day to attend a BTEC Business lesson with both the Lower and Upper Sixth, where she had the opportunity to chat with the students about the importance of time management and benefits gained from work experience.
As an employee of the Kier Group, Mrs Cook shared her expertise and knowledge of project and change management to the class. The talk covered practical strategies for school work: how to manage forthcoming assignments and how to maximise opportunities to achieve their best. In addition to working within the school environment, Mrs Cook emphasised the importance of the skills gained on their BTEC course and how these can be transferred to life beyond school.
The BTEC department encourages regular speakers to the class and now in its third year, the subject is going from strength to strength. Since beginning, the two year programme has seen several of its students flourish since leaving Cokethorpe. A former BTEC student has begun a BSc in Business Management at the University of Surrey, another student has an apprenticeship with the Department for Education in London. A third student who achieved three D*, top marks for the class, has decided to take a gap year before going to university in 2017.