Inspiration for Downham Market Academy pupils

Downham Market Academy Sixth Form Careers Day. Guest speaker Mike Ford (From the Bloodhound SSC Education Team) and Robot 4D. Six form students LtoR, Jordan Markwell, Megan Marshall, Josh Obisanya, Issy Hartley, Rhianna Flett, Ben Watts. ANL-150713-090808009

Downham Market Academy Sixth Form Careers Day. Guest speaker Mike Ford (From the Bloodhound SSC Education Team) and Robot 4D. Six form students LtoR, Jordan Markwell, Megan Marshall, Josh Obisanya, Issy Hartley, Rhianna Flett, Ben Watts. ANL-150713-090808009

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Teenagers at Downham Academy were given ideas for the future during a careers fair.

A total of 130 sixth form pupils were given the chance to take part in the post 18 day, which was held at the Bexwell Road site on Friday last week.

Speakers from Cambridge University, recruitment agencies and National Apprenticeships took part.

A popular speaker was former pupil Matt Bartle, who now works for the FA.

Director of sixth form Alison Hornby said: “The feedback we’ve had from pupils is that it was really helpful and they went away feeling inspired.”

Ofsted inspectors have returned to the school after it was given a requires improvement rating.

Following the monitoring visit, inspectors have advised the academy’s development plan should be made sharper by identifying when progress targets should be measured.