Guided to Success

Several of our Year 12 pupils recently celebrated their success in achieving a Level 2 OCN accreditation in Tour Guiding. This project, launched in September 2018, is the first of its kind to the local area and was only made possible when Keith Acheson, a National Trust qualified Tour Guide and local man, who has worked at the Giant’s Causeway for the past five years became an accredited OCN Trainer. Keith devoted his time to teaching our pupils the knowledge and skills needed to become a Tour Guide within Northern Ireland’s growing tourism industry. The students have learnt the skills required to organise a tour with the ability to write and deliver a short tour commentary, including understanding the health and safety around tour guiding. In fact, our pupils impressed so much that they even attracted the attention of the local press, with the Causeway Coast Community News interviewing our pupils and featuring their achievements on their pages (see pics below).

Our own Principal, Phillip Smyth, praised the project; “We have had lots of successful partnerships with the National Trust, however this is the first National Trust led program and we can happily say it is a strong enrichment course offered at the school. There is clear educational and personal development in the children; this course has given them a chance to enhance their personal social skills and confidence, it was a huge achievement for them to lead their own tour. Already we have students actively seeking employment with the Trust and some have been successful in gaining seasonal employment. This partnership is a strong community match for us.”

Well done to all our pupils who took part and worked hard to achieved their accreditation.