Ambition and global understanding are key to successful Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project

The Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project – launched in September 2016 – has completed its second year and returned positive feedback from students and teachers. The programme is part of a shared vision between Newmarket’s largest employer, Godolphin and the town’s only Secondary School to support and enrich the lives of young people in the local community.

The joint venture between Godolphin, Newmarket Academy and the education charity Racing to School has two key goals: to expand the aspiration and ambition of every student in the school through presenting the diverse career pathways that exist for them; and to provide students with the tools required to pursue these ambitions. The racing industry is a common thread throughout the 29 events that formed the second year of the programme, with both Newmarket and Huntingdon Racecourses supporting the project.

The teams at Dalham Hall Stud; The National Stud; Palace House and the British Racing School were willing hosts of activities for students, allowing them to experience their operations and the wide range of careers they support.

The programme is not limited to racing, either, with one of the most coveted activities among the Academy students being the visit to the five-star Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London. This very special day gives a unique behind-the scenes insight into an international, 24-hour business and how the distinct hospitality teams combine to offer guests the best of the best. The trip is already inked in again for next year.

Reflecting on the end of the summer term and the second year of the Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon, Academy Principal Nick Froy said:

“We are delighted with the way that the Project has grown this year. We have been able to provide greater coverage, and more bespoke intervention over the course of this year. The Beacon project has been a fantastic success bringing an incredible range of benefits to the students at the Academy ranging from greater awareness and ambition to confidence and global understanding. The Academy joins with Racing to School to thank our amazing supporters for their generosity and help this year.”

Overall, 29 events were delivered to around 500 pupils across the Academy’s Year groups – most of whom took part in more than one event during the programme. A diverse range of subjects were covered from Maths, Business Studies and Art, through to Careers Advice, Food Technology and Travel and Tourism. Practical support through mock interviews was also provided to a group of 18 SEND students, and some for whom English is a second language.

Dee Garrelli, Head of Operations at Racing Welfare, who acted as one of the interview panel commented:

“I was delighted to be able to assist Racing to School with some of the interview skills sessions at Newmarket Academy as part of the NAGBP. It is a fantastic opportunity for the two charities to work together, and I hope the students found the sessions beneficial.”

The feedback from participants has remained very positive, with 90% of pupils agreeing that the programme encouraged them to think more about their career aspirations. The teachers are key to the success of all the activities and 85% of those involved rated the delivery of the events as excellent. A more detailed breakdown of statistics and feedback can be found in the attached infographic.

The Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project would simply not work, let alone achieve its potential without the generous collaboration of so many enthusiastic individuals and organisations. Racing to School would like to thank all the partners that have made the delivery of the programme possible this year:

Newmarket Academy
Newmarket Racecourse
Huntingdon Racecourse
Moulton Paddocks
Palace House
Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Park Lodge Stables
The National Stud
Dalham Hall
The Jockey Club Rooms