Outwood Academy Danum HeppSY+ Launch Week

Wednesday 28th February 2018

In January Outwood Academy Danum embarked on a week of exciting and engaging activity to launch the HeppSY+ programme across their school.  The launch fitted perfectly with the Outwood ethos, a fully inclusive learning environment, and their mission statement “Students First”.

Week commencing Monday 22 January to 26 January 2018 was dedicated as an official whole Academy HeppSY+ Launch Week. An exciting and varied timetable of events took place throughout the week to inform and encourage students of all ages to consider higher education as a future progression route. Activities included the introduction of their #hellofuture hashtag and programme, vertical mentor group (VMG) continent assemblies, VMG activities, guest speakers, careers advice, university representatives and the HeppSY+ Mobile Classroom, as well as competitions and a mobile photo booth to encourage students to talk about and share their career aspirations.

The students at Outwood Academy Danum were very receptive to the activities throughout the week and enjoyed meeting the various representatives who visited the Academy. They were very keen to share their future aspirations and have their photographs taken in the photo booth.

The HeppSY+ mobile classroom ambassadors were impressed by the cohort of students who got on board the bus, with the students focused and engaged with the sessions delivered.

The Academy produced an informative higher education leaflet for parents which was distributed at a whole school parents evening.

Commenting on the innovative launch week, Emma Nicholls, Schools Programme Manager at HeppSY+ said: ‘It’s great to see the collaborative OGAT/ HeppSY+ model in practice at Outwood Academy Danum; it’s clear that the academy are driving the project forward and the students are becoming more aware of their future HE opportunities. The way Outwood Academy Danum has launched the HeppSY+ project in their institution is really unique and we’re delighted they are so enthusiastic. It’s fantastic to see what a success it has been.’

In collaboration with HeppSY+ and CareersINC Outwood Academy Danum have activities planned throughout the upcoming academic year which will provide students with important information, advice and guidance to enable them to make informed choices about their futures.