A Capital Experience for students from St Mary’s Catholic School

On 7 December 2017, 15 Y12 business students from St Mary’s Catholic Comprehensive School visited London as part of A Capital Experience. Here, Lee Marsden shares their experience of the day.

On 7 December, my classmates and I embarked on our first journey with the Career Ready programme. We were invited to London to take part in A Capital Experience, which aimed to enhance our confidence and networking skills; all while gaining more of an insight into the world of work.

We were up and ready at the brink of dawn, ready to depart to London at 7:04 AM. Upon arrival, we took the tube to Covent Garde, where we shopped around the markets and watched the Christmas decorations being put on display.

We then headed to the Dominion Theatre where A Capital Experience was being held. Along with students from schools across the UK, we took our seats in anticipation of listening to Action Jackson – motivational speaker and event compere – and the other speakers about how to build our future careers.

We found out how good grades are not the only path to a successful future, but motivation and determination too. We also got the chance to network with other students from different schools…and listen to the Career Ready rap!



I enjoyed Action Jackson’s motivational talk and networking with other Career ready students from all over the country   

Georgia Elena Morris

After the event finished, we then headed to the offices of Quantum Black to experience a professional working environment and to network with their employees.   

At Quantum Black we spent some time at the offices, touring the floor, and meeting with people who work in different departments and come from a range of backgrounds. We learnt a great deal and got insight into how the company works and what it’s like to work in there. (A particular highlight was the feast of pizza which they provided us with after we’d completed the tour).

After our tour, we then took part in a coding workshop, where we made animated emojis using JSFiddle with help from the coding designers at Quantum Black. After the workshop had ended, we said our goodbyes to the Quantum Black team and headed for our final stop of the day.


The thing I enjoyed most about the trip to London was the workplace we visited and getting to see all the different jobs people do, the people in the business were so lovely and engaging. 

Abby Warton

Before our train back up to Newcastle, we made a quick stop at the Christmas market on the Southbank. It was great to have some time to browse the different market stalls and try the London Eye 4D experience…then it was time for our train back home! 

Students from St Mary's Catholic School at Quantum Black