Year 10 pupils graduate Spire Hub

On 25th June, a group of twenty four Year 10 pupils travelled to University College London to graduate from the Spire Hub programme. They have attended sessions every Thursday after school, working in small groups on a variety of projects with mentors who are all qualified teachers or high achieving young people from the local community, and with support from Mr Musinguzi.

The programme has three aims: ensuring pupils are on track to achieve top GCSE grades; developing their life skills and emotional intelligences such as confidence and resilience; and developing their awareness of higher education and careers options to foster higher aspirations. Hiba, one of the pupils who graduated, commented that it had met these aims, saying “Spire Hub gave me a lot more confidence. It completely changed my mindset from totally fixed, to a growth mindset. It also made me more keen to come to school every day”.

A highlight of the programme was when one team from Elvin came in the top ten of 240 teams from across the country, winning a place in the final of a competition to present a marketing plan they had devised for TalkTalk, one of the UK’s largest mobile, broadband and TV networks. At the final, in the central London headquarters of the advertising agency Chi & Partners, they pitched their plan to executives including  TalkTalk’s Head of Marketing and the founder of The Ideas Foundation. The team, consisting of Rayan, Lorellai, Sokaina, Khadija, Omar, and Khuram, pitched a cinema advertising campaign featuring a squirrel as its main character.

Joseph Kimmelman, Programme Manager at Spire Hub, said: “The Ark Elvin students worked extremely hard and gave a very professionally-delivered pitch. The judges were hugely impressed by the students and it’s clear that the group have built up a really good understanding of how to thrive in a business environment.”

It has been fantastic to see all twenty four year 10s working hard and improving their skills throughout the year, and we look forward to more success with Spire Hub and next year’s year 10.