At Nether Stowe School we want to develop our industry and local business community links, if any company or employer would like to work with us please contact April Rose on arose@netherstowe.com or 01543 263446.

Please find below our Provider Access Policy this sets out the school’s arrangement for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school and the procedure in place if you wish to support with our careers programme Provider Access Policy.

Providers Access Policy

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Cocoonfmedia Ltd – James Blackman

I had always been interested in programming trying out code on an Amstrad Green screen. I really took an interest in 1999 when I got my first proper computer and built my first website advertising products online. A little too early for e-commerce. I have qualifications with Chartered institute of Marketing/Chartered institute of Logistics and transport. In 2010 I incorporated Cocoonfxmedia Ltd as Web design and Marketing company which speaclise in Web Design, Web Development, Branding and Digital Marketing. We moved the company to Lichfield in 2014 and never looked back. I am currently the President for the Lichfield & Tamworth Chamber of Commerce and Industry.



Careers & Enterprise Company – Beverley Ashley

Beverley Ashley – Enterprise Coordinator working for the Careers and Enterprise Company – CEC

The role of the CEC is to link schools and colleges to local employers to help them deliver world class careers support for all young people by building networks, supporting Careers Leaders in school and using the Gatsby Benchmarks as a best practice standard.

My role is to focus everyone’s efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice and positive outcomes for the young people of Nether Stowe School.  I work directly with Miss Rose, Careers Leader, in school and Ruth Forster, the Enterprise Adviser who is linked to Nether Stowe and gives her time and expertise free of charge.


Wagstaff recruitment – Ruth Forster

Commenced a career in recruitment in 1993.

Starting as an Administrator and progressed into a Trainee Recruitment role and then full Recruitment Consultant role. Providing contract and permanent recruitment within the engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Established Wagstaff Recruitment in 2010.

Permanent, contract, retained and paid consultancy for a varied portfolio of clients within engineering, manufacturing & automated distribution industry . Wagstaff Recruitment operates from Lichfield with a core team of 7 recruitment professionals. The business now recruits throughout the UK and into Europe offering traditional contingency recruitment services for engineering professional. In addition the consultancy recruitment team offering specialist recruitment services to train internal recruiters on the every changing recruitment and selection market plus careers coaching services. To strengthen practical recruitment and careers coaching experience already gained, in 2018 Ruth embarked on a part time MA in Career Development & Coaching at Warwick University.

 Additional roles:

TEAM Engineering & IT Division Director since 2014

TEAM is a network of independent recruitment businesses who work together and share best practices, training and business opportunities. TEAM has been incremental in the success and growth of Wagstaff Recruitment as TEAM enables us to offer a wider recruitment service to our customers by working in partnership with our affiliates. This has resulted in us supporting our customers with additional recruitment services in other sectors such as  marketing, IT and commercial professionals.

 Joined the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) for Women and Enterprise in 2016.

Invited by Craig Tracey MP to join the group who meet on a monthly basis at Westminster to identify the challenges and offer advice and actions which would help women with opportunities in enterprise.  Ruth currently leads the focus group around Employment & Skills.

 Appointed Director of Skills for the Stephen Sutton Academy Trust in 2017.

Supporting a local school, offering advice, guidance and support to ensure the skills offered for pupils is relevant, up to date and inspiring.

Careers & Enterprise Company.

Enterprise Adviser for Cannock High School & Nether Stowe School