Students were given a taste of potential business life once they leave school.
Ahead of their GCSE exams in the summer, Year 11 pupils at Whitley Bay High School attended a business-style conference at St James’ Park in Newcastle.
They got the chance to experience a formal job interview as more than 20 local businesses and employers sent along representatives to give them a taste of how challenging entry into the professional world can be.
Pupils reflected on how to maximise their chances of success, as well as tackling a Dragon’s Den-style pitch for a product to use at the home of Newcastle United.
Student Sarah Hylton, said: “The interview really helped because it put you in a professional situation where you had to deal with a pressured environment and stay calm.
“I learnt that preparation is the key to success.
“The whole day was brilliant.”
Head of Year 11, Michael Wright said: “This is the tenth year the event has run and it really has gone from strength to strength.
“The students get a lot out of it and really value the professional setting and atmosphere of the whole day.
“We’re really grateful to the local employers who offer up their services and time to give students a really meaningful taste of what challenges await them.”
Headteacher Steve Wilson added: “This day is just one of the many reasons why our students are so successful in their GCSE examinations.
“The students were an absolute credit to the school in the way they responded to the activities that pushed them outside their comfort zone.
“It was an excellent day and I know students got a great deal from the experience. Well done.”