Fashion model and entrepreneur Pam Davis went back to her former Ipswich school to inspire the designers of the future thanks to the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network.
The owner of Fashion Candy Style visited Copleston High School 40 years after she left to talk to students about how to get into the fashion industry and reflect on her successful years at the school.
Pam met with Year 9, 10 & 11 textiles classes to give a presentation on her career and where fashion has taken her. Students got the opportunity to ask questions and their famous guest even reviewed their coursework and offered them feedback.
Commenting on returning to the school that made her career possible, Pam said: “Copleston really set me up for an aspirational future and that’s why I find it so important to come back in and act as a role model to every student and help support their future pathways”.
The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network recruits senior business leaders to work voluntarily with secondary schools and colleges. These Enterprise Advisers work strategically with their senior leaders, supporting them to develop and enhance their business engagement plans.
Copleston High School partnered with New Anglia LEP’s Enterprise Adviser Network to support learners gain insights into the world of work and support Copleston’s careers strategy so that the school is preparing students for an ambitious career pathway.
Jordan Holder, Enterprise Coordinator and a Governor at Copleston, said: “Pam is one of the region’s most successful women and the impact she has on being a role model to pupils at the schools is extraordinary. We pride ourselves not only on the academic success our pupils achieve, but on the skills they learn out of the classroom. Pam helps make our pupils dreams a reality”.
Craig Macartney, Careers Lead at Copleston, said: “As part of our exciting alumni programme, Copleston was very proud that alumni Pam Davis could share her international fashion experiences with students.
“Pam gave three interactive workshops with all Year 9,10,11 textiles students, with specific reference to the high level, break-out careers in the fashion and television industry.
“Her experiences were invaluable and students were high motivated and engaged to find out more about future careers in fashion and the media.”
If you’re a business and keen to work with schools across Norfolk and Suffolk, contact Glen.Todd@newanglia.co.uk