‘Looking beyond the classroom and helping you plan your future’

Running at Oundle School 28th July-2nd August 2024
as part of NCS ‘Boss It’ Programme


An in-depth understanding of the sport, music, media and film industries and the career opportunities within them. Learning from industry leaders with off site visits and daily onsite group tasks.

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Activate Career Learning is delivered by Activate Management.

Activate operate in over 40 independent schools across the UK during the school holidays delivering sport specific holiday day and residential courses for children aged 5-16 years.

In addition we deliver the National Citizen Service (NCS) to teenagers aged 16-18 years and intervention projects for ex-offenders, helping them reintegrate back into the community through sport.

We are part owned by Cherry Red Records, which gives us a unique access into world of music and film, and with extensive links into the sports industry, we are perfectly placed to deliver a premium Career Learning experience for young people.


AMG Global founder, Neil Ashton, is one of the most prominent names in the world of football.

During his 20 year career working with the leading newspaper groups in the UK, he built unparalleled relationships across boardrooms, managers’ offices, training grounds and in the media. Before establishing AMG, he chaired Sunday Supplement, Sky Sports’ agenda-setting discussion programme, for seven and a half years. AMG provide strategic communications advice, crisis management, talent management and media training.

Cherry Red Records is a British independent record label founded in Malvern, Worcestershire, by Iain McNay in 1978. The label has released recordings by Dead Kennedys, Everything but the Girl, The Monochrome Set, and Felt, among others, as well as the compilation album Pillows & Prayers. In addition to releasing new music, Cherry Red also acts as an umbrella for individual imprints and catalogue specialists.

Cherry Red was listed by Music Week as one of the UK’s top ten record companies in Q1 2015 for sales of artist albums.

The P3FORM high-performance team is made up of psychologists, physiotherapists, nutritionists, physical performance coaches, executive coaches and business consultants. They provide consultancy support to national teams and are part of the support staff at major international events. Their team take’s a holistic view of goals, health and performance to provide targeted support to perform at the highest level, consistently.

Cranfield University is a specialist post graduate university with world class expertise, large scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships.

Our Career Learning programmes are delivered at Oundle School, which is located in the heart of Northamptonshire, just a 15 minute drive from Peterborough.

We have access to boarding houses, separated into male and female floors containing single room and dormitory accommodation.

Facilities at the school include a state of the art sports centre, with a swimming pool, fitness gym, double sports hall and strength and conditioning gym.
Our Music, Media and Film facilities include sound proof recording areas with filming and editing suites.

The Corner Shop is a women lead production company with headquarters in LA and London. The Corner Shop is a women lead production company with headquarters in LA and London. They represent a diverse roster of directors working within film and advertising, with the intention of presenting narratives and ideas that have previously been marginalised in the film and media industries.

Fulham FC Foundation is the official charity of Fulham FC, changing the lives of 10,000 people each year. They inspire and engage through sport, improving the physical health and mental wellbeing of participants, while supporting people across our community to feel socially connected and confident.


Hosted at Oundle School Activate Career Learning gives students the perfect opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the sport, music, media and film industries and the career paths within them.

We help students make informed choices on further education courses, give them the opportunity to network with industry leaders, and let them sample independent living ahead of attending of attending University.

With practical workshops, visits off site to industry and the opportunity to network, Activate Career Learning provides insightful work experience to help with UCAS applications.

Our residential course is staffed by a male and female pastoral care team who take care of all the needs of each student during the course and we cater for all dietary requirements.


Choosing your career can be daunting. How are you supposed to know what you want to do as a teenager; most of your parents still don’t know what they want to do now! You are now getting close to thinking what you want to do beyond school, perhaps you’re looking at a further education course, an apprenticeship, an intern position or maybe all of these.

This is where Career Learning comes in. We’ve chosen two programmes next year to give you an indepth understanding of career opportunities in the Sports Industry and the Music, Media and Film industries.

You’ll learn not just through lectures but via practical workshops and tasks, with off site visits to the workplace. You’ll be learning about different jobs, the education courses needed, whilst getting some valuable work experience and networking opportunities. It’ll also look great on your CV and UCAS application.

In addition to having access to a gym and swimming pool each morning and evening, you’ll be cooking some of your meals during the week, and when you’re not, you’ll have a full hot and cold buffet to choose from at each meal time.