Pupils in Year 11 across Knowsley are considering their next steps as they prepare to leave secondary school in May and June.
We have tracked the journey of one resident who was educated in Knowsley and has now started on the Graduate Programme with Knowsley Council.
Charlie Higham, aged 25, was educated in Kirkby and attended Holy Angels (now St Michaels and All Angels Catholic Primary School) and All Saints Catholic High School from 2008 to 2015, staying on at All Saints Catholic Sixth Form to continue with his education.
Charlie secured 10 GSCEs (Grades A to C) as well as two A Levels in Geography and Philosophy and Ethics and two BTEC Level 3 qualifications in Applied Biology and IT.
Charlie said: “I enjoyed my time at school, not only due to socialising with my friends, but also the quality of education I received. I always felt that every teacher really cared about our education and wanted the best outcomes for their pupils – even once you had left the school. This made me want to come to school and get involved with different activities the school had on offer, which enhanced my knowledge and scope for what was possible for myself once I left the school.”
“I always felt like I had a high quality of education. During my time at All Saints, programmes such as the career academy enabled me to explore the various options I had open to me once I left the school. The programme gave me an understanding of the working world which I have massively benefitted from.”
Charlie went on to study Geography at the University of Liverpool and on successful completion of his Degree, he applied for the Graduate Scheme with Knowsley Council and has been working as a Policy and Performance Officer for just over a month.
Charlie added: “The Council’s the Graduate Scheme seemed an exciting role and gives me an insight into how data within our borough influences policy and developments in the borough. This is something I have examined throughout my time at University and I am looking forward to getting to grips with it in a professional manner, particularly within the borough I live in.
“I will be working as part of the Policy and Performance team and will move around departments during the scheme to gain real insight into how each varying role plays a pivotal part in ensuring the council is on track to meet its overall goals for the borough both short term and long term.
“Whilst I can’t speak for everyone’s own experience of being educated in Knowsley, I feel that my time at school has shaped the person I am today and I feel still part of a family with All Saints as when I bump into any Teachers, Dinner Ladies or other members of the school, they are interested in what I have gone on to do since leaving school and I know that during my time there, they wanted to afford me every opportunity to succeed and see that there is great opportunities for people within Knowsley.”
Prior to the Knowsley Council Graduate scheme, Charlie returned to All Saints Catholic High School as a Teaching Assistant, mentoring school leavers and connecting pupils with local job opportunities.
Further information about your options when leaving school can be found here.