On Tuesday 27 June our entire cohort of year 8 students attended a ‘We Care – Into the Future’ health and social careers event as part of our FSiH (Foundation School in Health) status.

The event was organised by Retford Oaks leaders, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) and other health, social care, and educational originations in the area as a chance to demonstrate to students the wide variety of career opportunities within the NHS.

Students experienced beautifully acted demonstrations of clinical situations which also starred the acting talents of our sixth form students. The simulations detailed a patient’s journey from the community to the emergency department, operating theatres, hospital ward, and then after-care once returning back into community. Students then made they way around 45 stalls featuring over 100 careers within the health and social care sector where they took part in and interacted with games, scenarios, models, and displays.

Our students all reported having a fantastic time at the event, especially the interactive aspects such as demonstrations of applying casts and bandages, and dressing up.

Our Principal, Luke Dickinson, summed up the event nicely with the following words; “The day was a fantastic opportunity for our young people, allowing them to learn about a wider range of opportunities within the health and care sector, outside of the roles they were already aware of. These events really help to kickstart the conversation of considering their Keystage 4 pathways and beyond when looking at their career aspirations and how they can benefit their local community.”