IF 11-year-old James Ashman lifts the world heavyweight boxing crown at the end of 2024, Cleadon Village Primary School can claim a significant part in his success.
In fact, should Leya Hyder, now aged 10, collect the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism in the same weekend, teacher Karen Paterson would hopefully get a mention in the acceptance speech.
And when Detective Sergeant Edward Ralph, now 10, is ridding the streets of crooks and ne’er do wells in 10 years time we may all be grateful for the efforts of the Boldon Lane school.
All three children were among more than a hundred Year 6 pupils getting a taste of what their futures may hold at Cleadon Village Primary School’s annual Careers Fair.
Now in its sixth year, the fair sees local businesses set up tables in the school hall offering advice on careers and giving the youngsters a hint of what working life in their particular professions is like.
One of the organisers of the event, and Year 6 teacher, Karen Paterson, said the aim of the fair was to help broaden the youngsters’ horizons.
She said: “The fair gives them an idea of what careers are available to them as they work through school. We feel it gives them a really good incentive to work hard.
“And very often they find they become interested in a career they’ve never thought of before. The children are really engaged. We find the Career Fair works well every year.”
The fair was attended not just by the Cleadon pupils, but also open to Year 6 students from nearby Eslington, Whitburn and East Boldon Junior Schools.
Among the businesses taking part were the Sunderland Echo, Northumbria Police, as well as a host of other groups from various disciplines including medicine, the arts, hairdressing and physical fitness.
The children got to don uniforms, try out truncheons, sport boxing gloves, do flower arrangements as well as cut hair and take pictures.
There were 25 different professionals involved, with many of the people volunteering to help being parents of children at the school.
Karen said: “We have a wide range of parents working in very different jobs and they are very supportive of the school They put in a lot of effort and hard work and it’s much appreciated.”