Our successful Student Engagement and Outreach team participate in a vast number of activities for schools and colleges.

Below is some feedback from one of our outstanding events.

LGBT awareness workshop at Bradford Grammar School, November 2017

I found Roy to be an entertaining speaker who presented with a lot of positive energy. He is honest with the pupils and I think that the student value this. The facts that Roy presented with the polling gadget were really interesting. I liked the use of the polling as it allowed pupils to join in without having to contribute and fear getting the answer incorrect. The content of the presentation was well pitched and I was pleased that Roy gave pupils important messages to take away from the session.

Debbie Chalashika, Biology teacher and Head of Personal Development, Bradford Grammar School 

College taster day, Bradford College, January 2017

I wanted to drop you a line expressing the school's gratitude to you and your team for organising a great taster event. All of the staff I have spoken to said that the organisation was great and that they were really impressed by the facilities. The students all had a great time and a number of them have said that they hadn’t considered applying to Bradford before but that this event has changed their mind.

Thanks again

Stuart Gadd, Director of Post 16, Guiseley School

GCSE Focus Day event at Royds School, Leeds, March 2016

After deciding to arrange a GCSE Focus Day for March 2016 for our Year 10, I decided to contact the Student Engagement and Outreach Team at Bradford College to enquire about having an event in our school that inspired students to consider HE (Higher Education) in the near future.

I was delighted by the helpful support Lucy Holloway (Student Engagement and Outreach Officer) provided me with on the lead up to the event. The process of booking the event was fantastic and both Lucy and Roy Ward were extremely proactive in ensuring they could meet our needs. The process of booking the event was well-organised and simple.

Lucy arrived for GCSE Focus Day with activities well-prepared in advance. Lucy was very engaging with the students and from the feedback gathered from student questionnaires, students who took part found the session Lucy ran one of the best sessions of the event. After collecting the feedback, approximately 95% of students now feel more inspired to consider HE as a realistic option and this is down to the enthusiasm and realism Lucy brought to the sessions.

What was really impressive was I had also asked a former Royds Student who is now in Higher Education at a local University in West Yorkshire to work alongside Lucy to provide scope on what it is like being a full-time student. Lucy was happy to incorporate the student into the sessions which enhanced the session as students were able to hear from a current perspective as well as hearing the insightful insights from Lucy. Lucy’s determination to collaboratively work alongside the former Royds student was key to why this session proved to be one of the most popular sessions based on the feedback from the Year 10 student.

As such, we hope to plan on running such sessions next year as well as building on new sessions for different identified year groups. As such, our first point of call would be Lucy and the team at Bradford College as their organisational and helpfulness are a credit to the college itself.

Alex Proctor, Careers Adviser, Royds School

See below a short animation about colleges, apprenticeships and higher education from the Association of Colleges.