Careers event for Y9 pupils at Maricourt High School highlights the benefits of Aintree Beacon Programme

Last week Racing to School was at Maricourt High School in Merseyside to run a careers activity day for Year 9 pupils, as part of the Racing Foundation-funded Aintree Beacon Programme, which is run in conjunction with Aintree Racecourse.

The Beacon was set up with the initial goal of offering long-term education and careers provision for local pupils in Year 5 right through to Year 13, with participation in several activities and events. Alongside growing young people’s self-confidence and core educational goals, these activities offer practical knowledge of the horseracing industry and its career routes.

Friday’s event saw talks from staff from Aintree Racecourse, as well as Racing to School’s Carrie Ford, about the kinds of career paths available within the racing industry, and specifically at Aintree Racecourse, which falls within Maricourt’s catchment area.

Danielle Lawler, the schools Careers Leader said: “The most enthusiastic thing we saw today was the pupils linking back all of the other events they have done during the Beacon, such as the maths at work day or the enterprise day. It was really good to see them bring that together and think about the different roles within the industry.”

Reflecting on the day and the Programme in general, Head Teacher Brendan McLoughlin said:

“Aintree is part of our catchment area, so they’re very much part of our school community and the opportunities that are afforded by Racing to School have been wonderful.

“Our pupils have been given opportunities to discuss careers, opportunities to raise their aspirations but they have also been able to do subject-specific things such as maths, science and geography based around the racing industry. It has really taken them out of their normal comfort zone, put them into a practical arena and they have thoroughly enjoyed what they have been doing.”

We are extremely grateful to the Racing Foundation for their continued support of the project, and to Aintree Racecourse for all of their assistance and enthusiasm.