LSS @ Real Business Challenge

Real Business Challenge

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On Friday 13th February, a seven strong group of Year 9 and 10s travelled to Birmingham City Football Club to partake in the regional finals of the Real Business Challenge; a competition between schools to find the best young entrepreneurs across the country.

The team were faced with the long-winded challenge of designing and creating an app to inform people on the Los Angeles Special Olympics in July. However, it was more challenging than expected. As a group, we had to make decisions based on people’s strengths and weaknesses, but also to revolve around timed deadlines that certain pieces of work had to be handed in by.

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The social media campaign was put together by J Lisztwan and J Mabey. As a pair, they applied their social media knowledge to create a pin-point plan based around the top four social media platforms. They also managed to come up with the app and campaign name whilst thinking of a suitable hashtag to use: #jumpmyhurdle. Alongside this, they, with the help of A Suresh, had the idea of setting up a twitter account to bolster the group’s presentation. This was aided by enlisting the help of Jackie Chan to boost advertisements across the platforms.


Another key part of the challenge was the poster. Y Aravindan worked on this aspect for most of the morning, basing it around a “more is less” idea. The poster was a picture of one of the special Olympians from team GB hoping to secure another gold medal this year. The Real Business Challenge team said that the poster is going to be put up on one of the bus stops outside our school in the near future.

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The main part of the challenge was to design and create the centrepiece of the presentation: the app. J James and J Beaman were taken by Como, a company that allows you to build your own app, to learn the basics of the software. Once they came back, they began right away, working tirelessly for the best part of three hours creating the app. They came up with the idea of making a fantasy team of Olympians to follow through the Special Olympics. This was highly commended by the Real Business Challenge team.

Towards the end of the day, the groups, along with all other schools, had to present their ideas to a panel of five expert judges. They were all looking for different things: link to Special Olympics, presentation, viability of the campaign and app design. After much deliberation by the judges, the awards of Best App, Runner Up and Overall Winner were announced. The first to be awarded was the Best App, and one of Como’s employees took to the stage. He said that all of the apps had been quite admirable ideas, but one had stood out to him overall. The winner was eventually announced as Lawrence Sheriff School, and the app created by the team has been shortlisted to possibly be put into the Apple App Store and Android Google Play Store.


The second award was the runner up prize, and this was awarded to Hall Green School. The last award was the most highly received: Overall Winner. Not only would this mean being regional winners, but the winning team would be treated to an all-expenses paid VIP trip to London for the final. This included a Parliamentary reception and a trip to the west-end, as well as a meal out. As the presenter stepped up to take the microphone, the tension in the Jasper Carrott Suite was increasing. The winner of the regional final was Lawrence Sheriff School.

Congratulations to the team of: S Basford, J James, J Beaman, Y Aravindan, J Mabey, J Lisztwan and A Suresh, who will now progress to the national finals in London on the 17th of March.

Sam Basford

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LSS & The Duke of Edinburgh Award

A number of year 11, 12 and 13 Duke of Edinburgh students were invited to a special event at Kingsbury Water Park. This day was attended by HRH the Earl of Essex, Prince Edward. During the day HRH observed a number of activities that students from a range of schools, including Lawrence Sheriff, were completing. Whilst observing these groups HRH talked to the students about their experiences of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
After visiting the various activities HRH visited the center itself to meet with Nathanael Salter and Brandon Holm to discuss their experiences of the award here at Lawrence Sheriff. Nathanael and Brandon were due to escort HRH to a nearby lake, however the inclement weather on the day caused this to be moved inside. Once completed Brandon introduced other members of last year's Gold Duke of Edinburgh group (Benjamin Simms, Cameron Gwynne, Elijah Harper, Tom Daniels, Luke Lucas and Jacob Barnaby) who then gave a presentation to HRH about their expedition, completed during the summer. These students, part of the original group set up by Mrs Twentyman  a few years ago, talked with confidence and pride about their experiences to HRH.
Shortly afterwards the Earl was treated to a small musical piece, , performed expertly by Harry Brignall, Daniel Heathcote and Sam Tiller. The music was sublime and well received by all of the dignitaries present at the event. These students had worked on their instrumental skills as part of the award and it certainly was a highlight of the day. The work that these students, and the others that attended the day, have done over the last few years have been of a very high standard and it was very pleasing to see that this was acknowledged by the staff at Duke of Edinburgh Warwickshire.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a program aimed at 14-25 year olds throughout the country. In the award students work on a physical activity, a skill (whether new or existing), complete some voluntary work and undertake an expedition where they carry all of their equipment and hike for a minimum of 6 hours a day. At Lawrence Sheriff this is completed during enrichment and we currently have over 70 students completing the award at the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels."

Duke of Edinburgh Award

A DofE programme at LSS is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there is more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.

You can do programmes at three levels: Bronze, Silver or Gold which lead to a Duke of Edinburgh's Award. You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold). You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only). You will collect experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Gold DofE

Duke of Edinburgh (Gold). For those students who have already completed Bronze and Silver awards. Year 12

Silver DofE

Duke of Edinburgh (Silver). For those students who have already taken Bronze at LSS. Year 11

Bronze DofE

Duke of Edinburgh (Bronze). Year 10

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Career's Information

Lawrence Sheriff are committed to work towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks and gained their Quality in Careers Commitment certificate in January 2019.


Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Lawrence Sheriff The Careers Program at Lawrence Sheriff is developed and revised on an ongoing basis so that the program can endeavour to fulfil the Department of Education’s Careers Strategy (released December 2017) which outlines the Gatsby Benchmarks as comprehensive guidance for all schools when delivering careers related learning and activities. For an overview of the program offered to students please see the table below; 

 Policy statement on provider access-CAREERS Feb 18


Year 7
•             A tailored half-day, off timetable study skills event which aims to help our new students with personal organisation, teamwork and confidence building.

Year 8
•             Dedicated careers lessons within a rotation.
•             A tailored off timetable careers event during the academic year. 

Year 9
•             Dedicated careers lessons within a rotation.
•             Students will attend The Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham in November. 

Year 10

•             A tailored off timetable careers event during the academic year. 

Year 11

•             A tailored full day off timetable careers event during the academic year.

•             One to one Practice Interviews; students apply for a fictitious job role for which they then interview for. This helps students gained a better understanding of the application and interview process from start to finish. 

•             One to One Careers Guidance Interviews with our independent qualified careers advisor, Mrs Jill Whittingham. All students receive a personalised Action Plan after their Interview to help them focus on what they need to do next regarding their future.

 •             Work Experience Monday 1st to Friday 5th July 2019.

Years 12 and 13

•             There is a comprehensive programme of Careers related activities in the Sixth Form.
•             Please refer to the Sixth Form pages or the Sixth Form staff.

Further to the program all students can access impartial careers advice and guidance from Mrs Warde (for students up to Year 11) and Mrs Halestrap (for Sixth Form). Both contacts can also make immediate contact with the National Careers Service helpline, which offers comprehensive information via their Careers Adviser Team. Students and parents/carers can also access this service via the information below;

National Careers Service Helpline;

Available everyday 8am till 10pm on 0800 100 900 or online

Careers Resources Students have access to a range of careers resources such as books and leaflets in our Library, however should there be information required on a particular career that is not in the library please contact Mrs Warde.

Kudos – Online Careers Guidance tool available to all students

We are very grateful to the Parents' Association for supporting our statutory duty to ensure that students obtain impartial careers advice and guidance, by part funding our subscription to Kudos. Kudos is accessed during timetabled lessons for Year 8 and Year 9. However, all students including Sixth Form have access to the site, in school and at home. Kudos offers comprehensive information on a wide range of careers and study routes, including apprenticeships. It also has the function to help students develop CV’s and UCAS statements. The site is regularly updated and provides students with current Labour Market Information (LMI) which again can be valuable when making future study or career choices.

Any student or parent/carer that wishes to learn more about the site or if you would like information on accessing Kudos please contact Mrs Warde directly. 

Tutor Time Careers Activities.

From September 2018 all students Year 7 to Year 11 will receive a planned careers learning activity during their Tutor time once a fortnight on a Monday. Students will pre-Christmas cover Labour Market Information (LMI) which we receive directly from Warwickshire County Council’s Skills for Employment team, The Careers and Enterprise Company and the National Careers Service. This information gives teachers and student’s detailed statistics based on our geographical area about what each job sector and industry is currently doing in relation to the growth or decline in jobs available and future prospects. This activity is planned to make students more aware of the world of work.

Any parent wishing to access this information themselves should contact Mrs Warde.

In January 2019 students Year 7 to Year 12 will move onto STEPS (published by Prospects). This is a booklet targeted for each year group and covers budgeting, employability skills, CV’s, action planning and decision making for the future.

To complement the program further we also plan events, presentations and assembly talks for which the timetable is suspended for a particular class or year group at various points throughout the academic year.


We regularly interact with local companies and business professionals who assist us with the delivery of various careers activities by volunteering their time.

We also have close working relations with Project Ask and Amazing Apprenticeships, Bright Futures, Inside Knowledge, local Colleges and Universities to enable us to deliver a broad range of career’s advice and guidance across all year groups.

In February 2018 we launched our own secure online Alumni networking community, which enables past students, parents and staff members to interact with current Sixth Formers to offer insight into their own career paths since leaving LSS. It has also proved a valuable source of past students willing to give assembly talks and volunteer to facilitate events such as the Year 11 one to one Practice Interviews.

We are always open to meeting individuals and companies who would be interested in helping us in the following ways;

  • Presenting an assembly talk to a group of students about the job you do or the company you work for.

  • Could you or your company could offer a work experience placement to students in Year 11, 12 or 13

  • Volunteer your time to help us with practice interviews.


Should you require any further careers information, advice or guidance please contact;

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Mrs A. Warde
Head of Careers and Alumni
Apprenticeship Champion  

Office Hours; Monday to Thursday 9.15am – 3pm (Term time only) 

Updated by Mrs Warde on 7th September 2018.

Please click here for the Careers & Work Experience Downloads

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Gifted and Talented - Astronomy

Gifted and Talented Astronomy Afternoon – Monday 1st of July

The afternoon was organised for around 13 Year 9 students from Lawrence Sheriff and the same number from Etone College in Nuneaton. Comprising of two sessions, one on Time Travel and the more unusual forms and applications of physics, then the other on Astronomy and the position of celestial bodies within our own Solar System, they were led by Dr Johnson and Mr Oggelsby respectively.

Although Dr Johnson did cover an area of physics which he himself said he had been to a lecture on and become a bit confused about, his session covered a wide variety of topics that the vast majority of students had not covered before, from white dwarfs and how time travel could be achieved, to teleportation being possible and a solution for the grandfather paradox. It also featured a rather involving demonstration on the collapse of a red supergiant star to from a neutron star or black hole, on the aptly named “Chair of Death” which was essentially a poorly supportive chair mounted on a swivel. giifted and talentedThe demonstration involved holding weights in the fashion of a crucifixion, before pulling them in closer to achieve a faster spin and an even funnier sight when the volunteer got off the chair. All in all it provided a good start to the afternoon and taught many people about some of the quirkier aspects of physics they otherwise might not have come across, as well as the need to hold on properly to a spinning chair!

The second half of the afternoon was held by Mr Oggelsby and detailed the finer points of astronomy, including where to find particular constellations, galaxies or stars in the night sky. Using an advanced computer program, he showed how you could track different celestial bodies throughout the year, as well as which constellations in the night sky were developed from which stars, not least a dolphin that can apparently be developed from just three stars. Then students were given a selection of arts and drawing equipment, as well as rulers and compasses, and a sheet of the facts of the planets, NASA probes and other bodies in our own solar system, before being asked to represent some of this data on a sheet of A3, providing a fun end to the enjoyable afternoon.

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