Careers Events

Lego Robotics Workshop

A group of Year 8 students got the opportunity to take part in an engineering workshop set up by Aston University.  The workshops were to help inspire the boys into thinking about engineering as a career path in the future.

The workshops were based around using Lego (for construction) and coding to make their 'robots' work. They were challenged throughout and had to work as part of a team to achieve the results needed. The group of students were a real credit to themselves and school and fully immersed themselves in the activities provided.

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STEM KNEX Final 2024


Toby and Evan from Year 5 represented the school at the KNEX Final hosted by STEM Works on Thursday, 13th June. They participated in designing and constructing transport capable of moving a bridge, demonstrating advanced problem-solving and engineering skills.

Their exceptional teamwork contributed to a excellent performance where, despite not winning the overall final, they surpassed 4000 pupils across the county. Their exemplary behaviour and conduct throughout the event were truly commendable. Congratulations to Toby and Evan for their outstanding efforts!

Bletchley Park Visit 2024


On Thursday 6th June, we took 40 pupils across both key stages to Bletchley Park. We had a brilliant time exploring the historic site and soaking up all the fascinating information.

Our pupils were an absolute credit to the school, demonstrating outstanding conduct and behaviour throughout the whole day.

One of the highlights of the trip was when the pupils took part in a D-Day Coding workshop. They had the opportunity to decipher an encrypted message, just like the codebreakers at Bletchley Park did during World War II. It was fantastic to see them all getting stuck into the challenge!

One year 6 pupil commented “my favourite part was listening to the morse code and working out what the hidden message was about”.

To top it all off, we were blessed with beautiful weather and even got to witness a flyover to mark the 80th D-Day anniversary. It was a truly memorable moment that added an extra special touch to our day.

Overall, it was a day filled with learning, fun, and great experiences.

This Girl Can Festival

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Key Stage 3 pupils from our school had an exhilarating experience at the ‘This Girl Can Festival’ hosted at the Whitehorse Hotel in Worcester. The day was packed with excitement as the girls enjoyed a range of alternative sports activities including cross fit, weightlifting, glow-in-the-dark dodgeball and boogie bounce. The team building games added a collaborative spirit for the participants.

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Beyond the physical activities, the girls engaged in discussions during Q&A sessions, touching on topics such as healthy eating and the importance of participation in physical education, highlighting the significance of promoting an active lifestyle among young women. This event not only provided an avenue for fun and fitness but also empowered our students to embrace sportsmanship and wellness in their daily lives.

St George's Park Trip 2024

Our Key Stage 3 girls recently enjoyed an unforgettable reward trip to St George’s Park, the renowned training centre for English football and other national teams. During their visit, they were treated to an exclusive tour of the facility, exploring the pitches named after legendary English footballers, as well as the boot room and changing rooms. The highlight of the trip was undoubtedly the opportunity to view the prestigious Women’s Euros trophy.

The girls also enjoyed a coaching session led by an UEFA B coach. They relished the chance to showcase their football prowess while honing their skills under expert guidance. We are incredibly proud of our students for embracing this opportunity and demonstrating exemplary sportsmanship throughout their time at St George’s Park.

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A video of the girls precision passing can be found on our Sports Results page.

KNEX STEM Challenge

What a fantastic morning of problem solving! On Thursday 21st March, 30 pupils from year 5 took part in the STEM Works KNEX challenge.  They were given an Engineering task to design a way of transporting a bridge from one area to another, using only KNEX pieces.  Evan and Toby won this years challenge and will represent the school at the upcoming final (in June).

All pupils worked brilliantly; demonstrating fantastic team work and communication skills.  Sarah (who delivered the workshop) was extremely impressed with all of the models built. We will keep  you updated on how Parkside do in the final.

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Warwick University STEM Visit

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A group of fifteen year 8 pupils were given the opportunity to visit Warwick University Maths and Engineering Department.  They were joined by KS3 pupils from other Spire Trust middle schools (Catshill, St. John's and Witton).  They were given a 'Careers using Maths' talk from the university staff and a tour of the department and wider campus, also having a chance to take part in different engineering activities, including origami maths, Dobble geometry and fluid dynamics through an aerofoil experiment.  All the pupils were enthused by the trip and we hope it has helped 'inspire their futures'.
'It was really good.  I'd do it again!' Mollie
'It was a massive campus and we were given lots of knowledge' Jayden

Mars Day 2024

To celebrate Mars Day 2024, year 5 had the opportunity to "Blast off to Mars" during a virtual experience on Tuesday 5th March.

During the virtual event, pupils had to think about pathways in to Space careers. They were asked whether a Pilot, Scientist or Engineer would be a good career background. The host then discussed career options with the pupils.

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One pupil said:

"I enjoyed that we could take part by voting".

Pupils Visit Football Stadium

On Tuesday 5th March, 14 boys from the after school football club attended a reward trip to Redditch United FC. They were given the opportunity to tour a professional stadium, while exploring some of the roles and careers available within football.
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Think Tank Visit 2024

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The Year 8 students embarked on an exciting trip to the Think Tank, where they immersed themselves in the world of science and discovery. The highlight of the trip was witnessing two captivating shows: "The Science of Sport" and "The Energy Show". Both shows were met with enthusiasm and enjoyment from all students. Throughout the day, the pupils exhibited exemplary behaviour and active engagement, making the trip a resounding success.

Faraday Challenge 2024

Parkside hosted a Faraday Challenge Competition this term, which was run by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). A number of our Year 8 students took part in teams of six; and we were also joined by teams of pupils from three other local schools.

The IET Faraday® Challenge Days are cross-curricular activity days covering Science, Design and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). They are held at schools, organisations and universities around the UK.

The students taking part had the opportunity to research real-life engineering problems. They had a great day coming up with designs and solutions to these problems; and learning about how engineering is relevant in many situations. They worked well together in their teams, behaved exceptionally well and really enjoyed the experience.

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Worcestershire Apprenticeships

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Kerry Davies from Worcestershire Apprenticeships visited this half term to deliver an assembly to Year 8 to make them aware of the potential opportunities that are available to them after school.

Pupils were fascinated to find out the salary options and wide variety of sectors which now offer apprenticeships, as well as alternative options on obtaining education up to degree level.

This assembly was held as part of our PAL requirement and has been mapped in collaboration with our High Schools.

Rugby International Player visits Parkside

On Friday 8th December, we were lucky enough to have a Question and Answer session with Professional Rugby player, Lark Atkin-Davies. Lark is a current England International with over 50 caps for her country and also plays for Bristol Bears in the Allianz Womens Premiership.

Lark delivered an amazing talk about her career, touching on some of her greatest achievements, as well as some of her low points in her career. She spoke about the qualities needed to become a professional player and the resilience and determination she has had to show during her hugely successful career.

All the pupils listened brilliantly during the assembly. We had pupil questions asked by George H and Charlie H from 8ES and we found out some amazing information. Thank you so much for all the questions you sent in and a huge thanks to Lark Atkin-Davies for sharing her experiences with our school! If you wish to take up rugby in or outside of school, then please speak to Mr Spalding, or sign up to after-school club.


Tomorrow's Engineers Week 2023

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All pupils have enthusiastically engaged in a STEM week to celebrate Tomorrow's Engineers week (6th-10th November) and recognise National STEM Day (8th November).  As part of a whole school assembly, pupils were given information on what STEM stands for, how it links to “Every Lesson Counts” and the potential influence STEM subjects could have on their futures.  

Each year group participated in STEM virtual visits from many outside speakers.

Year 5 had a presentation about gaming and esports and how technology has enhanced the way people play video games.  The guest speaker talked about Virtual Reality (VR) headsets and some pupils went on to design their own VR gaming platform.  The pupils were extremely enthusiastic with one year 5 pupil stating “the talk gave me lots of ideas about what I can do when I’m older”.   The guest speaker said “I really enjoyed the session with the children. Their enthusiasm and energy were absolutely humungous!”

Year 6 had a presentation from a Navel Architect.  They were also given the opportunity to become a STEM PenPal with a lady who works as an Engineer.  These postcards have been sent off to the Engineer who will personally respond to each pupil.  We excitedly await these replies.

On Wednesday, Year 7 had a virtual visit from a gentleman named Ollie. He is a motorsports engineer and presented about his career in the Pitlane.  There were so many question answered about Formula 1 racing and the career pathway Ollie had taken.  The pupils enjoyed “learning about who inspired him” and finding out about what qualifications are needed to become a Pit Lane Developer.

Finally, Year 8 pupils had two question and answer sessions. One with a STEM ambassador regarding STEM careers and routes into various professions and a second with a medical statistician.  She discussed what the job entails, her route into the career and why they may wish consider this in the future. The guest speaker said “the pupils certainly seemed very engaged” and she would happily come to speak with our pupils again.

It has been a busy yet fun-filled STEM week.  We are incredibly proud of how they represented the school during the week; demonstrating the Parkside Standard at its highest.  The feedback from the pupils was also overwhelmingly positive with many pupils inspired for their futures.

World Space Week 2023

On Friday 6th October, year 7 and 8 pupils recognised World Space Week with a virtual space talk.  The guest speaker, Dr Vicky Fawcett  is an astronomer from Newcastle University.  She discussed how to become an astronomer (sharing her career pathway) and explained her research into black holes.

Following the virtual talk, pupils were given the opportunity to ask Dr Fawcett further question.  Pupils were also given the opportunity to discuss their own career thoughts and research the pathways into those careers.

Pupils said “she explained the facts very well” and they found “telescopes and her educational journey” interesting.

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Leaves on the Line


On Thursday 29th June, Year 5 welcomed National Rail into their classroom for an hour STEM workshop called “Leaves on the line”.  Pupils were challenged to think about solutions to when leaves reduce the railway services.

One pupil from 5JB said “I enjoyed mixing the liquids and solids to make a new gel to stop leaves getting on the railway line”.

The pupils worked brilliantly in teams applying their knowledge of Science (electrical conductivity) and represented the school perfectly (demonstrating the Parkside Standard).

Architectural drawing workshop, featuring Artist: Jeanette Barnes.


On Friday 21st April some select pupils from KS3 had the pleasure of working with visiting architectural artist, Jeanette Barnes.

The pupils focused on architectural drawings using charcoal and other media to capture famous landmarks. They also had the opportunity to think architecturally, considering and creating interesting yet practical architectural sculptures.

The pupils were inspired and commented on how memorable the experience had been.

Police Cadets

15th February 2023

Well done our latest cohort of fully graduated Police Cadets. They have worked superbly for 6 weeks with PC Nash understanding basic forensics, Police communication and some of the basic Police processes used to solve crime and keep the public safe.

We look forward to starting with the next group of year 5 pupils after half term.

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Sports for Champions

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On Monday, 13th February, Parkside welcomed decathlete Matt Lee to school for an inspirational day of fitness circuits, wellbeing and fundraising. Our fantastic Sports Leaders supported Matt in organising a challenging, timed fitness circuit, with every pupil in the school taking part. Our pupils had 5 stations of activities - burpees, leg drives, half or full press-ups, tricep dips and star jumps. Pupils had to complete as many as they could at each station, with Matt circulating, encouraging and joining them in their efforts. Pupils had to show the Parkside Values of Teamwork and Resilience in order to complete the circuit.

This was followed by an inspirational assembly, where Matt Lee shared his story about his life as professional athlete. He talked openly about some of the challenges he faced in school and how sport was his area to thrive. He talked of his time at Aston Villa football academy and the reasons why he transitioned to athletics and the decathlon. He demonstrated some of his sports, and impressed the pupils with how far and high he can jump! He finished his assembly with a question and answer session, where our pupils asked a range of interesting questions.

Matt commented on the exemplary attitude and efforts of all of our pupils - he was impressed with their behaviour, but also their resilience during the circuits. He also commented that our Sports Leaders are some of the best he had ever seen!

We would like to say a huge thank you to our parents, carers and families for the wonderful support that you've shown in the fundraising. We raised a phenomenal £3639 for our school fund and are very proud of all of our pupils for their effort on the day. We hope that they enjoyed the experience.

Meet the Astronauts

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On Thursday 2nd February, Year 5 had the pleasure of meeting Helen Sharman (the first British astronaut) during a virtual question and answer session. Prior to the event, the pupils were given the opportunity to submit questions which were addressed throughout the exciting live lesson. This activity links to their current Science topic "The Earth and Beyond".
Freddie commented, "I like how it answered all our questions and encouraged children to go to space."
Tyler said, "It was fascinating and encouraged under 18s to go to space."
Josh recalled he, "liked the quotes that the astronauts shared to 'believe in yourself' and 'try your hardest at all you do'.

Kids' Inventors Day

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On Tuesday 16th January 2023, to recognise Kids' Inventors Day, Year 6 took part in an inventor's challenge.  They were given play dough and spaghetti and set the challenge to create a free-standing structure or a bridge.  They had limited time and resources. All pupils demonstrated excellent resilience to achieve the task.