High school pupils getting ready to enter the world of work met with a range of successful women during an annual Leadership Conference.

Year 13 pupils at Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School (TIGHS), who are tipped by teachers to become the next generation of leaders, heard from a number of dynamic female speakers working in leadership roles across areas such as business, civic duties, exploration and technology.

The conference, held on February 15, aimed to raise pupils’ awareness of the benefits of developing their skills to help them transition into the world of work.

And among the key speakers was Maya Dibley, Lancashire County Council’s lead officer for industrial innovation and digital technology, who highlighted how demonstrating leadership skills helped her to achieve success in her working life.

Year 13 pupil, Aaisha I Patel said: "It was inspiring to meet so many women who have risen to the top of their professions and who are also giving back to their communities and encouraging young women to follow in their wake.

"I feel really positive about what I can achieve if I continue to work hard at university to achieve my goals."

Assistant Principal of TIGHS, Amina Modan, said: "As a leadership specialism school, we aim to motivate our pupils to become tomorrow's leaders.

"By introducing pupils to strong and successful women and hearing their first-hand experiences, we have empowered our pupils and showed them that they can achieve whatever they put their minds to."