A Maths lesson with a difference

Thursday 19 November 2015

Year 10 students were taught a Maths lesson with a difference on Wednesday 18 November when Group Head of Marketing from HSBC, Chris Clark, visited the school and invited them to join the 'Board of Directors' for 'Ark Bar'. The students then looked at Maths in action in a business scenario when they had to decide which percentage of their profit they would put towards marketing and the affect this would have on their profit in the future. There were a range of answers from the different 'Boards' from risk averse strategies to more aggressive tactics. 

The students also had the opportunity to ask Mr Clark some questions about his career with questions ranging from, 'what was your first job in marketing?' to 'how to did you get into sales and marketing?' and 'what do you think makes you successful?' Mr Clark said to the students; 'opportunities come along and you grab them'. He got his first sales and marketing job by taking advantages of the different opportunities that were given to him. To answer the question, 'what do you think makes you successful?' Mr Clark said he took the advice from two successful men: John Paul Getty, an Oil tycoon who said: 'Get up early, work hard, strike oil' and Theodore Roosevelt, an American President  who said: 'I don't care how much you know until I know how much you care'.  Finally, Mr Clark gave the students useful tips for preparing for interviews: 'do your homework properly before applying for a job, research the company before attending the interview, be yourself as much as you can and have questions to ask the interviewer at the end of the interview'.

Chris Clark came in to teach the lesson via a programme with the education charity Teach First which sees senior professionals offer to teach a guest lesson at one of their partner schools, giving students the opportunity to understand the real-world application of their subject knowledge from an industry professional.