PUPILS at Rudheath Senor Academy have been rubbing shoulders with big names in business at the school’s biggest ever careers event.

Representatives from Cheshire Police, Cheshire Fire Service, the armed forces and the Department for Work and Pensions were joined by experts from Barclays, Morrisons and Astra Zeneca.

At the event, businesses held interactive workshops and spoke to pupils from schools within North West Academies Trust (NWAT) which includes Rudheath, Weaverham and Delamere academies.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for all concerned to begin to share a brighter future,” said Rudheath Academy careers lead Helen Rooney.

"Local and national businesses were able to use the platform to interact with pupils, parents and staff from local schools as well as the wider community.

"It was great to see how engaged all the pupils were, and how they have used what they learned as motivation.”

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Also invited to the event were pupils from St Nicholas Catholic High School, who alongside parents and members of the local community, were able to discuss careers and apprenticeships with nearly 50 local employers, colleges and universities.

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, added: "It was great to see so many pupils benefitting from the careers event.

“Having the opportunity to speak to people face to face about options is not only inspiring, but also helps to make things much clearer for pupils who are unsure where their next step will take them.

“We believe very strongly that every child deserves the best possible education and we are all working extremely hard to make Rudheath the best it can possibly be.”