The Trust and UWE Bristol Business School Launches its First Joint Sixth Form Conference

The Lighthouse Schools Partnership in conjunction with UWE Bristol Business School is proud to launch our inaugural multi-academy trust Sixth Form Conference for Gordano, Backwell and Chew Valley Schools on Friday 18 January 2019.

Focussing on topics of innovation, self-leadership, team working, and entrepreneurship, the event will seek to inspire and encourage 300 sixth form students to develop key skills for future careers.

Chief Executive of Lighthouse Schools Partnership, Gary Lewis commented: “Our Sixth Formers work extremely closely with universities and business partners but this is a unique and fantastic opportunity for them to engage with leaders from both sectors in the inspirational setting of the new Business School.  We look forward to a brilliant conference.”

The conference will be held at the flagship Bristol Business School building, located on the University of West England’s Frenchay campus. Opened in April 2017, the building is designed for students and business professionals to work together in a creative and stimulating environment.

Director of UWE’s Bristol Business Engagement Centre, Dr Noordin Shehabuddeen, will be a delivering a keynote address on ‘Innovation: the art of unlearning’. Dr Shehabuddeen said: “We are in the business of preparing leaders for an unfolding future. We look forward to giving the students a memorable experience of what a university can do for them.”

Bristol Bears Rugby sensation Nick Fenton-Wells will be delivering a session on leadership alongside Bob Reeves, Director of the Foundation for Leadership through Sport (FLS).

Bob Reeves commented: “Leaders are essential in all walks of life. The Foundation for Leadership through Sport (FLS) is a small charity which was initially established to look at how such qualities can be developed in and through sport, also considering how those in sport, business and the military might learn from one another.

FLS is now working with some elite sportsmen and women, one of whom, Nick Fenton-Wells of Bristol Bears, who will be contributing to a sixth form workshop entitled Learning to Lead”.

Students will also take part in workshops and breakout sessions with experts in self- leadership and entrepreneurship with an optional tour of the Business & Law School.

This exciting event is the first of its kind for a multi-academy trust and will be the first of many partnership opportunities with the Bristol Business School.

Many thanks to YPO for providing delegate packs for the event.

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