On Wednesday 4 May, around thirty pupils from Years 9 and 10 and their mothers (or female supporters) attended a ‘People Like Me’ evening in the Theatre. The evening was an exploration of the girls’ themselves and their future careers.
The ‘People Like Me’ programme is a WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) initiative and is sponsored by the Girls School Association. It is a new and revolutionary approach that uses girls’ self-identity to help them see where they could work happily and successfully in the future. It was created by Professor Averil Macdonald OBE from the University of Reading and came from a study and report called ‘Not for People Like Me’, published in November 2014.
The evening was attended by nine ladies working in a variety of STEM-related environments, on hand to answer questions and describe their experiences. This allowed Abbot’s Hill pupils a unique opportunity to explore a series of working environments and training routes, which could lead them to be happy and successful in the future. The guests were delighted to be involved with the evening, and they were pleased with the range of interesting and well-articulated questions that the girls asked.
The evening was a great success and has received many positive comments from both parents and pupils:
‘The evening has emphasised the importance of retaining STEM subjects.’ (Year 10 parent)
‘It has made me more aware of the sort of job I am suited to.’ (Year 9 pupil)
‘I would definitely consider studying a science now.’ (Year 10 pupil)
‘It was interesting to see how the subjects lead onto a range of different things.’ (Year 10 pupil)
‘The evening was interesting and opened our eyes to the many opportunities available.’ (Year 9 parent)