Students in several year groups have travelled to universities across the country this term, discovering all that higher education involves.
Gaining a place at university is an achievement in itself, and for many students they go up as the first person from their family to achieve this. For some students who may not have considered going to university, a visit to Huddersfield University was an ideal introduction. As well as raising the students’ thoughts about what they could achieve, the visit helped them to keep their focus on learning as they approach GCSE exams.
A younger group found themselves at the University of Manchester last month, in this case Year 9s. The Manchester Gateways programme is a series of visits we have been involved with for many years. From Year 7 up, students are introduced to various parts of university life, from lectures to living in university halls, the wide choice of subjects to study and the extra opportunities that student life brings.
Manchester is a popular destination to study at for our students, and each year in the programme provides a different insight. For Year 9, the students were guided through their post 16 and post 18 options, to help them make well-informed choices.
Resuming in-person visits gives young people wonderful experiences, opening up what might be possible in their futures. Visiting Trinity College at Cambridge University, the group learned about what is needed to study successfully at an elite university.