Thursday 26th March 2009 by C. Freeman
Year 12 student William Downey is the first ever to undertake work experience at Corby Business Academy. William, who is studying IT, Business Studies, Sociology and German at A Level, spends Wednesdays at the newly-opened Academy mentoring the younger students.
He helps with Year 7 and 8 Business Studies classes, assisting and explaining some of the issues to the students. William said: 'The teacher delivers the main part of the lesson but I read the lesson plans beforehand and can look at what's coming up, plan what I'm going to say and give a little bit of my own input.'
William has just started the long-term placement as part of the BW Diploma scheme which encourages Brooke Weston students to undertake studies and commitments outside of the normal classroom environment.
He is really enjoying his time at the Academy and said: ' I've got a business studies group who are all enthusiastic, keen young people who want to learn. I'm quite privileged that I'm working with the students and a fantastic team of staff who are really supportive. I love the idea of going out and working with these young people and telling them "you can get through Key Stage 3 because I've done it."'
His work at the Academy is overseen by Vice Principal, Mrs Lorraine Smith, who is Head of the Business, Humanities and Enterprise Faculty. She said: 'William is very amenable, always looks professional and I'm very impressed with his attitude. He's very good with the students and has helped them do all sorts of things, particularly in the Year 8 RE lesson where he showed them how to use the interactive smart board. He goes out of his way to be helpful.'