The world of work comes to the classroom

The news team at The Voice of the Bridge (pictured, from left) English and maths teacher Steven Barker, Sam Hudson, 15, Alfie Fox, 15, Bray Taylor, 14, Kelsey Ford, 14, Nathan Williams, 15, and head of English Carole Goulding.
The news team at The Voice of the Bridge (pictured, from left) English and maths teacher Steven Barker, Sam Hudson, 15, Alfie Fox, 15, Bray Taylor, 14, Kelsey Ford, 14, Nathan Williams, 15, and head of English Carole Goulding.

From journalism to plastering, beauty to gardening, the world of work came inside the classroom at a Boston school last week.

Pupils at Bridge House Independent School, in Grantham Road, took part in a range of work-related challenges from the Monday to Friday.

This included: starting their own newspaper, dubbed Voice of the Bridge; planning, digging, and planting a vegetable garden; and refurbishing a cloakroom, which took in such skills as plastering, tiling, and plumbing.

Others areas covered in the week were: health and safety, painting and decorating, baking, and health and beauty.

The school caters for pupils who encounter challenges in engaging in mainstream schools. In light of this, it decided to create an in-house alternative to the work experience model where pupils find placements with businesses in their area. It was a first for the school, but has been deemed a success.

Headteacher Carl Smith said: “As a school we recognise industry’s need for young people to be equipped for work.”

He said he was ‘thrilled’ with the response by pupils, adding: “It’s having a really positive impact.”

The week is set to make a lasting impression. Not only is it planned to return, but produce from the vegetable garden is to be used in the school kitchen, while the newspaper is to stay in production.

The paper saw pupils work on local, national, and international pieces, some based on their own ideas pitched to editor – English and maths teacher – Steven Barker.

Among those on the news team was Sam Hudson, 15, from Grantham, who said he was now considering a job in journalism.

He said: “I have really enjoyed getting the stories, researching them, finding out more.”

Speaking of the week as a whole, Mr Barker said: “Without a shadow of a doubt, we will do it again next year and try to make it bigger and better still.”