Caroline Flint has lent her support to Rossington All Saints Academy who were focusing on business and the world of work.
The Academy’s business partner is Amazon, who have created over 1,200 jobs at the Rossington iPort; and the Don Valley MP met pupils who were preparing CVs for the world of work.
Said Caroline: “I did jobs during evenings, weekends and holidays all through my later years at school and during University. That is the same for many of these pupils. We don’t live in world where you study to a set date then work full-time thereafter. These pupils have to get ready for the world of work, and get real workplace experience long before some of them choose their long-term career.”
The MP also met Principal Rob Burton and Chair of Governors Denis Hird and heard about the Academy’s campaign to end single-use plastic cups in school; and their search for a business sponsor to back up this change.
Said Caroline: “We all know how pervasive plastic is in our oceans and waterways. It almost never disappears. All Saints’ campaign to end single use cups is a great way to reduce waste, reduce plastic use; and highlight the need for sustainable living.”
The MP is following up with local employers to help the school benefit from the presence of new firms in the Rossington area.
Principal Rob Burton said: “We hope Caroline enjoyed her visit to the academy and the chance to talk to students in lessons and see the Year 10 Enterprise day that was taking place. It was a good opportunity to be able to discuss some of the issues that the academy faces and the ways of working in partnership with local stakeholders to further enhance the opportunities for students.“
In the report published September 2017, All Saints received a “Good” Ofsted rating. In January 2019, Government tables confirmed that All Saints is the top performing school in the borough on the Progress 8 measure. This is a measure of the progress children make from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school.