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What the Americans said

Our trust is getting something of a reputation for working positively with employers. We do have a strategic objective which says we will "Develop the most employable young people in the country".

Our reputation was further enhanced this week when we were visited by Scott, Starr and Ellie from Nashville in the USA. They were interested in the work taking place at Farnborough and were very impressed by the programme that's in place.

They were met by the Head Boy and Head Girl who explained what their hopes and aspirations for the future are and how the academy is helping them to get to their dream. Theoretical physics anyone? Students confidently showed the visitors around the academy and they commented upon the calm, purposeful working atmosphere.

In a special conference they heard directly from students about how work experience at British Gypsum had led to a dramatic change in motivation, how being part of the East Midlands Airport group had opened eyes to a range of possible jobs and how working on events organisation with Blue Monday had developed new levels of confidence.

Our visitors from the USA spoke so warmly about what they had experienced. We expect the link with them to get stronger over the next year. Mr. Chaloner has already ordered a new cowboy hat.

Phil Crompton