Summer school raises aspirations of West Yorkshire school pupils

Students take part in a media makeup and special effects taster session at Bradford College

Bradford College hosted almost 80 GCSE students from schools across the region as part of the “Class of 2024” Higher Education Summer School residential organised by Go Higher West Yorkshire.

The Year 10 pupils, aged 14 and 15, enjoyed an action-packed three days of activities designed to help give them a better insight into Higher Education.

The teenagers came to Bradford on day two, taking part in a series of exciting and interactive subject taster sessions at Bradford College and the University of Bradford.

University Centre Bradford College tutors from Performing Arts, Teaching and Education, Media Makeup with Special Effects and Social Care and Community Practice courses ran workshops giving students a practical experience of studying at degree level and the feedback from all of the sessions was overwhelmingly positive.

Day one had seen the group visit a Higher Education Fair at Leeds City College and enjoy sports and social activities at Leeds Trinity University.

Wakefield College was the venue for the final day where they took part in a challenge to design their own perfect university.  

The summer camp experience also involved the pupils staying in halls of residence at Leeds Beckett University for two nights.

Pupils from Bradford schools - Bradford’s Appleton Academy, Bradford Academy, Dixons Trinity Academy, Carlton Bolling College and Immanuel College – were among those taking part.

Go Higher West Yorkshire is a partnership of 12 local universities and colleges which offer Higher Education courses, including Bradford College. The partnership works to widen participation in Higher Education for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and from areas with a low rate of progression to Higher Education. Go Higher West Yorkshire is running the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) in the region, and the residential was just one of many exciting collaborative projects the College has been involved with through the partnership.

Drama tutor Tom Aldersley delivers a Performing Arts taster session at University Centre Bradford College

Pupils making fake fingers as part of a Media Makeup with Special Effects taster session at University Centre Bradford College

Roy Ward, NCOP Outreach Officer for Bradford College said: “The Go Higher West Yorkshire Summer School is always one of the highlights of our year – it’s an amazing opportunity for young people to get a unique insight into what Higher Education is like. They learn about the range of options available to them, including Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships and they get to stay away from home and learn about the more social side of being a student. It’s amazing watching the young people make new friends and learn new things across the three days, and it’s fantastic that as part of the experience they get to visit Bradford College and learn about studying for a degree in a college environment.”

Class on 2024 - pupils from Go Higher West Yorkshire's 2018 Summer School




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