Networking Launch

Posted at 3:28 pm on 8th November, 2018

At Flixton Girls School we aim to provide our students with empowering and inspiring opportuntities in which they can engage and enjoy a wealth of skills for use during their school life and in the wider world of work and beyond.

Part of this programme of activities included a group of  year 11 students participating in a ‘Girls Networking’ programme. The programme launched at Barclays’s Head Office in Manchester; where our students had the chance to connect with professional female role models. This speed dating style activity saw our girls interacting with potential mentors from a variety of business sectors and backgrounds.

The Girls Network is a charitable organisation which has been set up by two secondary school teachers who witnessed multiple barriers faced by girls in their classrooms. These barriers included the pressure to confirm to ideals, a lack of confidence and a lack of professional female role models in their network.

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Their ethos - that no girl should have their future limited by their background, gender or parental income and that all should be supported to realise their ambitions, to discover self worth and to develop their capacity to shape their future world - aligns with the FGS core values of aspiration, empowerment and excellence.  More information is available via their website https://www.thegirlsnetwork.org.uk/about-us

The year 11 students will have the opportunity to attend fifteen meetings throughout this academic year, with their mentor to enable them to develop their self confidence and resilience. This type of activity will also increase the aspirational careers choices for those students involved and empower them to make meaningful decisions about their own future.

Sisters Allyx and Arden Lewis are both participating in this programme and commented: ‘This is the start of a twelve month programme where we’ll meet the mentors once a month. We talked about our future aspirations and potential for work within out chosen fields, as well as discussing practical advice about writing an effective curriculum vitea. We are looking forward to working with the mentors.’

We wish all those involved every success for this programme and beyond.