The Bay CE School held a celebration event on Friday 3rd December to recognise the 65 students from Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 who achieved their Pixl Edge Apprentice qualification.
The Bay CE School delivers the Pixl Edge Personal Development Programme, which develops and accredits students with the personal attributes that are essential for future employment and life; leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative, communication. The apprentice qualification is not an easy qualification to gain and requires commitment and resilience over time, alongside the tenacity to plan, do and review each challenge.
This qualification follows a series of 10 merits being achieved in the five different skills. Some of the challenges completed by the students include swimming the solent, charity fundraising and cycling round the island.
The qualification is validated by the CBI (Confederated Business Industries association).
The Celebration event was hosted by Lesley Walters, Assistant Headteacher and had guest speakers; Peter Higgin, Chair of Governors for the Cornerstone Federation, Debbie Andre, Isle of Wight Cabinet minister for Children’s Services and Vanessa Churchman from Sandown Rotary Club.
Peter Higgin, Chair of Governors told the students how proud of them he was and that going above and beyond is what makes school special, but also is what future employers will look at when they read a CV.
Debbie Andre, Isle of Wight Cabinet member for Children’s Services spoke of the value of employability skills in gaining an advantage in a competitive field. She gave key examples of the importance of each skill in turn. She said she was incredibly proud of all of the students and thanked the teachers on their behalf.
Vanessa Churchman attended the ceremony to give a special award on behalf of Sandown Rotary Club. The Community and Special Endeavour Award went to Chris Templeman in Year 10. He received a cheque and a cup. His Year Manager Amanda Jones spoke highly of Chris:
“Chris has been a fantastic student throughout his time at The Bay, he is cheerful, positive, charming, helpful and polite and is always aware of how everyone is feeling. He works hard in lessons, contributes so much to school life, including the football team.”
All students were presented with a certificate and will receive a Pixl Edge badge to go on their blazer.
Lesley Walters, Assistant Headteacher said
“The employment world is ever-changing and the importance of every child developing transferable skills has never been so important. All students in the school have the opportunity to complete the Pixl Edge qualification which assesses these skills of employability. The aim is to prove those with the award have a clear ‘edge’ over their counterparts in terms of what they can offer post-16 provision and the world of work.”