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Mutual support in the classroom

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 11, 2013

Emma Woodward from Leek United (second from left) and teacher Jan Large with IT students in the Leek High classroom.

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STUDENTS at Leek High School are enjoying the support of one of Leek’s oldest businesses to further their studies of latest technology.

Leek United Building Society, which celebrated its 150th anniversary this year, has teamed up with the Springfield Road school to bring lessons to life for A Level students of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

The Leek-based mutual is helping teenagers take the theory out of their text books and apply it to the real world by sending staff into classrooms to help with lessons, and also allowing students to shadow members of staff at its base in St Edward Street.

ICT teacher Jan Large said: “We have to embrace working with industry as part of our A Level course, and it’s really useful for our students to build a good knowledge of how industry works with IT and Communications.

“Leek United Building Society has always been very supportive and we really appreciate their staff taking time out of their busy schedules to visit us here in school.”

Emma Woodward, Leek United’s HR adviser, and herself a past student at Leek High, has spent several sessions back in the classroom explaining the role of the building society’s IT department in helping its 12 branches and head office to communicate.

Emma said: “We are really happy to be working with Leek High and I think that bringing real life experience to studies in the classroom adds a lot of value to the lessons.

“They can see how the theory is put into practice in a business situation.” Student Amie Ellis, aged 17, said: “I am enjoying the ICT course and chose to study the subject at A Level because I thought it would improve my employability.

“The things we are learning are going to be very useful when we leave school and start looking for jobs.”

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