Pupils recently visited the Thomas Cook Engineering Hangar at Manchester Airport where they were able to learn more about the workings of the airport and the wealth of career opportunities.
The Year 7 pupils from the school’s High Flyers programme, which has been designed to ensure that the more able pupils reach their full potential, were given a guided tour of the engineering hangar and they had the opportunity to discuss the technology and engineering involved with the day to day running and maintenance of the planes.
The pupils were able to examine the complex engineering involved in the plane’s structure even looking at computer aided diagnostics. They were able to sit in the cockpit, use the loud speakers on the plane, sit in the crew jump seats, spend time in the engine bay and examine the costs involved.
Mr Chris Holland, Engineering Manager from Thomas Cook, commented: “The behavior of these pupils was excellent; they are a credit to the school. They asked many well thought out and perceptive questions and showed great enthusiasm for learning more about the aerospace industry. I was extremely impressed.”
“The pupils were able to look at one of the most dynamic operations in the area and examine how science, technology and engineering supports the business,” explained Mrs Angie Holland from Saint Paul’s. “We looked at A320 engines, how the engine worked and how the fuel was pumped into it; we also had a sneak preview at the new livery of Thomas Cook Airlines which looks fantastic! We hope that activities such as this will stimulate our pupils’ desire to learn and provide them with an informed view as to the type of career opportunities available to them if they strive for success.”
“The school is keen to foster a spirit of high ambition and self-expectation amongst its High Flyers,” commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “It is important that our high achieving pupils have access to quality enrichment activities such as this visit. Their day at the airport was inspirational and I am sure that it will help raise their aspirations as they have seen some of the exciting, but also very real, opportunities which could be available to them if they reach their full potential.”