The girls at Castle Court have been given the opportunity to develop an understanding of their strengths and abilities through workshops led by Mhairi McEwan, one of the leading role models from Modern Muse.
Modern Muse is an organisation set up by women who are at the top of their chosen specialisms to provide role models and mentors to the next generation of young women and girls. In line with many recent findings, they believe that the UK is suffering from a female “role Model” shortage and that it is vital to motivate the next generation of girls to embrace business and carve out fulfilling lives for themselves.
We are always focused on ensuring that the children in our care are able to find the magic formula that makes them who they are, and therefore able to build on their talents. It was therefore exciting for the girls to spend time this week with one of the leading role models from Modern Muse, Mhairi McEwan. Mhairi spent her career in marketing roles with Diageo and Unilever, ending up as Vice President of Marketing with PepsiCo before starting her own consultancy, Brand Learning. Brand Learning is now a £17million turnover company with 50 multinational companies as clients and has been voted No 1 in The Sunday Times Best Companies.
Modern Muse’s workshop is part of an on-going programme for the girls here at Castle Court School to ensure that they are confident of their career opportunities as they begin to think about school, exam and career choices. Last term, the MP for the school, Annette Brooke spent time with children across the school, and the girls in Year 8 in particular. Later this year, TV presenter, Celia Sawyer, will work with the girls on a “Dragons’ Den”- style workshop, and other speakers include first time author and Old Castellan, Joanna Rossiter, who will be holding a Question and Answer session plus a writing workshop, and one of the Directors of WIRE ( Women in Rural Enterprise ), who is coming in to talk about career options in rural areas. More activities are planned.