More than 800 children from four Bradford secondary schools enjoyed a taste of college life after being invited to spend the day at Bradford College.
The college welcomed in Year 7 pupils from Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College, Belle Vue Girls Academy, Bradford Forster Academy and Immanuel College for a two-day event aimed at informing, inspiring and exciting the pupils about the many and varied options open to them when they leave school. They learned about options in Further Education, Higher Education and employment.
The pupils took part in a number of workshops and activities and were taken on tours of the specialist facilities at the college including the recording studios in the music department, the professional kitchen and restaurant run by catering students and the dental training centre, NORDEC.
Among the workshops delivered to the visiting schoolchildren was ‘You Be The Judge’, in which Darren Chapple, who teaches the law degree at the University Centre Bradford College, put the pupils in the position of deciding what sentence to give offenders in real-life crime scenarios.
Building a bridge out of paper and sticky tape was the challenge in the workshop delivered by staff from the engineering department. The pupils competed in teams to design and build a paper bridge capable of supporting a book.
In the ‘Jobs v Careers’ workshop, pupils explored the differences between the two and were challenged to consider the importance of skills and decision-making when choosing a career path.
The final workshop was led by staff from the health and social care department and saw the pupils explore issues around healthy bodies and healthy minds.
The pupils also heard an inspiring talk from Ian Ward, the general manager of the Broadway, Bradford.
Anthony Smith, Bradford College’s Assistant Principal for School Engagement, said: “It was great to see so many children enthused and excited to be taking part in an event at the college.
“The children were a credit to their schools and the event provided children with a fantastic opportunity to experience college life whilst undertaking exciting and different activities.”
The event was organised by the Student Engagement and Outreach Team at Bradford College.
Manager of SE&O, Charlotte Cooper-Nairn, said: “It’s brilliant that we have been able to forge such a strong and valuable relationship with these four schools.
“The college is committed to ensuring young people from the local area are well informed of their post-16 options at a younger age, rather than waiting until they are in year 11.
“We are now in an excellent position to continue engagement with these students throughout their time at secondary school to inspire and encourage them to progress and reach their full potential.”