Our very own Mr Smalley had the honour of being invited by the Careers and Enterprise Company, to give a presentation at the Dunkenhalgh conference centre in Accrington.

The reason for this was to share experiences with a number of other organisations, including schools, local and national businesses as well as Claudia Harris the CEO of the Careers and Enterprise organisation. Edwin Booth (EH Booth) also gave a short presentation.

The experiences that Mr Smalley spoke about are the REAL experiences Vale tries so hard to create for its students every single day. In particular the recent link up with Local Employer Herbert Parkinson. A partnership which continues to grow, and is an opportunity for both school and employer to learn about the challenges they each face.

Mr Smalley and students Chantel Critchley, Alice Kendal, Mikayla Miller and Abigail Critchley listen to Edwin Booth give his thoughts on the importance of employer school link ups.


Mr Smalley’s presentation went down well, although Vale’s Year 11 student Chantel Critchley surpassed his efforts as she discussed her own experiences and what she has gained from them, to a packed conference room. Well Done Chantel.

The morning was a huge success, and once again shows that Vale is at the forefront of this nationwide initiative.


You can follow Mr Smalley on Twitter at @DVHSRealBee