No boys allowed at Stevenage school’s ‘speed dating’ careers focus

Girls attending stalls on the day.

Girls attending stalls on the day. - Credit: Archant

Girls were inspired to challenge themselves and pursue successful careers at a female-only event at a Stevenage school.

Girls were inspired to challenge themselves and pursue successful careers at a female-only event at a Stevenage school.

More than 40 female professionals visited The Thomas Alleyne Academy for the Inspirational Women Event.

Industries represented ranged from engineering to photography and the group of more than 100 pupils in Year 9 and Year 10 visited the stalls in a speed dating format.

One Year 9 student said: “I think sometimes you’re unaware that girls can be as successful as boys.

“Everyone we spoke to was useful in their own way, and it was really interesting and inspiring to see all the different jobs you could have.”

Neurophysiotherapist Wendy Fannon was among those giving insights into her career. She said: “It’s a great opportunity for the girls and a great opportunity for us as well.

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“It’s lovely to see them becoming aware of how much is out there – I wish there had been something like this for me.”

The school’s inclusion manager Laura Dowle said: “Many of our young women are achieving well yet lack inspiration. They need guidance from professional women to encourage them to achieve.”

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