Pupils consider all their options

Fleetwood High School pupils Jordan Douglas and Kirsty Hardingham learn bricklaying with student Lucia Watkins from Blackpool and the Fylde College school of construction.
Fleetwood High School pupils Jordan Douglas and Kirsty Hardingham learn bricklaying with student Lucia Watkins from Blackpool and the Fylde College school of construction.

FLEETWOOD High School pupils were among Year 9 children who took part in a huge options event at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Pupils visited the fun park site as dozens of exhibitors gave advice to children who are due to take their options choices next month.

The event, called Our Future, Our Choice saw 1,500 Year 9 pupils from Fleetwood High and every Blackpool school tour the exhibits over two days this week.

And a mind boggling array of jobs, from brick-laying and zoo keeping to fashion photography, first aid and keep fit, were represented.

Molly Hall, from Fleetwood High School, said: “Today has actually changed my mind about what I want to do. “I thought I wanted to do health and social care, but today has made me realise I’d like to do something more art related like design.

“There’s a lot more careers than I thought.”

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Classmate Tom Wilson added: “Today has been really good, I really enjoyed taking part in the different sports stalls. I think a lot of people don’t know what to take for their options and the idea of making a mistake and taking the wrong courses. It is a really good idea to show people lots of different jobs.”

Phil Bond, options co-ordinator at Fleetwood High said: “This is a great opportunity for the kids to find out about careers they may never have considered.”

Julie Whalley, co-organiser of the event said: “Taking your options can be daunting, so we are really pleased to be bringing this event to The Pleasure Beach for the second time.

“We really want young people to be thinking about their careers early and being aware of the possibilities open to them so they can make the right choices.

“It’s great because we have employers, colleges, the Army, the NHS and scores of other organisations coming in and speaking to the children. A lot of the stalls are really interactive so they can try new things .”

The event is organised by Blackpool schools and Blackpool Council and The Pleasure Beach donates rooms.