Old Kings Arms Lane, Cockermouth CA13 9LS Friday Steak Night

2 steaks with a bottle of house wine for £30.00 Saturdays

Kids U7 eat free, with two paying adults

Excellent wine selection and spirits, including a Gin of the Week! Early Bird

Served 5.00pm – 6.00pm Friday and Saturday Opening Times

Monday to Thursday – 10.00am - 4.00pm Friday and Saturday – 9.00am - 9.00pm

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Earlier this year, 213 Year 9 students were plunged head first into a whirlwind of fresh ideas and potential plans. In order to get a taster of what comes next, fragments of the real world were brought into Keswick School to educate the students on life outside of education and how to prepare for it.

key, I discovered, was to go in enthusiastic and willing to talk and all of them described beautifully just how rewarding their jobs were.

WHERE TO GO? WHAT TO DO? Rosalind Weir (Year 9)

The day began with the conventional start. Everyone arrived at school as usual, chattered with perhaps slightly more anticipation than was typical and proceeded to make their way to registration as normal. What followed however, was far from mundane. In fact, the entire school day was turned upside down right from the get-go, with everyone going to their first of six sessions a full 15 minutes early.

research and made a huge (I’m talking A1 sort of size here!) poster explaining what it was and what was required for it.

Next, we went on to find out about where education would lead us. After all, in 5 years’ time, we weren’t going to be sitting in a classroom listening to another teacher drone on at us. We’d be doing… umm... well… we’ll be doing something anyway and the representative from the University of Cumbria gave us an idea, with her talk on Higher Education, on what that could be.

Our initial class, got our brains thinking hard. Each and every pupil picked a career to


After that came the big one. Meet the Employers! It sounds cool, doesn’t it, sort of like ‘Meet the Flintstones’ but without the snazzy theme tune. That was the opportunity for all of us to whizz round as many employers as was conceivable and to extract from them just why, exactly, we should choose their job and how we should go about doing so. The variety was incredible, from architects to vets, outdoor instructors to lawyers and each was delighted to explain how they found their career of choice. The

Now, of course, we were left in a tricky situation. With so many amazing jobs out there, which one is for me? That’s where the last 2 session came in. Looking at the GCSE choices led us to consider what sorts of subjects we enjoy, where they might take us to and having time to do some independent research in the computer room about, amongst other things, salaries (who isn’t thinking about how much they’re going to get paid?) helped narrow down the options.

All-in-all, it was a fantastically instructive day and provided us all with an insight into what’s out there. Now all we have to do is decide what to do with our lives!

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