Students thoroughly enjoyed the Halloween activities in the library. There were lots of fun things going on including spooky story telling, with most students choosing to listen to them whilst blindfolded!
On 11 October Year 13 Economics students visited HSBC’s new UK Head Office at Centenary Square in Birmingham. HSBC UK is investing over £200million in Birmingham and moving more than 1,000 head office roles to the city. Year 13 took part in a tour of the building as well as several talks delivered by senior leaders at the office and recent graduates. Some of the topics covered included a background into HSBC and its global operations, the potential impact of BREXIT, the role of banking in the modern economy and career pathways into finance. Year 13 student Georgia commented that “The trip equipped me with huge amounts knowledge from top managers and people of all different ages and positions; I will make sure to focus on achieving the best A-level results possible to put myself in a position to take advantage of all the opportunities available to me.”
On 16 October for our ALD, Year 12 and 13 Economics students travelled to London to visit the London School of Economics (LSE) and Bank of England. Visiting the LSE, students discovered the courses on offer and got a taste of what university life is like. They were given a tour of the small city campus by two undergraduate students, exploring the outstanding facilities available at a world renowned university.
After the visit to the LSE, our students proceeded to the Bank of England Museum where they learnt about the history of the Bank and its role in the macroeconomy. A presentation was delivered to them from a Bank official, providing insights into central bank's responsibilities, history and monetary policy as well as its gold reserves. Year 13 economics student Adam commented “we had a fantastic day learning more about the central bank, monetary policy and the history of the Bank of England as well as potential degree courses in the Social Sciences and the LSE. Thank you to Mr Wright for organising such a great ALD!”