Primary school pupils given a glimpse of college life

12 July 2018

More than 360 primary school children have been given a unique insight into the future with an inspirational day of discovery at Warrington & Vale Royal College.
 
Pupils from 10 Winsford primary schools visited the college’s Hartford campus as part of the event, organised by the Raising Aspirations Project, part of the Winsford Whole Place programme.
 
They were shown what it would be like to attend Warrington & Vale Royal College, with fun activities including mini gateaux making, car maintenance, hair ups, bricklaying, carpentry, electrical engineering and graphic design.
 
The exciting event offered pupils career ambitions and portrayed a future within post 16 education to which they can strive.
 
One pupil who attended the event said: “All Year 6 children should do this from every school. We loved the different sessions and have never done anything like this before.”
 
Stephanie Hutchinson, school engagement manager at Warrington & Vale Royal College, was instrumental in the event’s success, ensuring pupils had a great time from the moment they stopped off their coaches until the moment they went home at the end of the day.
 
She said: “As a college, we really enjoyed being a part of this important initiative. We have had some really positive feedback from both the children and teachers involved. Our curriculum staff also had a great time – the pupils were really enthusiastic and took everything on board. They behaved fantastically and were a credit to their schools. 
 
“Whilst they are a few years away from joining us at the college yet, I think we have made a great first impression on the class of 2024 for Winsford and many of them will remember their experiences today for many years to come. We cannot wait to be involved in the event again next year.”
 
Jess Andrews, class teacher at Winsford High Street Community Primary School, added: “It was a brilliant opportunity for children to see college and the event will support pupils’ transition to secondary school. The sessions were engaging and imaginative and we learnt so much about subjects and jobs we have never even thought of. The children were tired which is a good sign of them being really engaged all day.”
 
Other sessions on the day included electrical installation, business and travel, media, art and design, drama and dance, ICT, applied science, health and social care, sport and team building workshops.
 
Cllr Nicole Meardon, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “The Raising Aspirations Project is all about introducing Winsford’s youngsters to the real world of work and helping them realise that they can pursue whichever career they wish.
 
“This rewarding, inspiring and successful event at Warrington and Vale Royal College was an important step in their personal development. It is hoped that the children will have come away from it with more personal ambitions and fresh ideas for what they want to achieve later in life.”
 
If other industries or colleges are willing to support the project by introducing Winsford’s children to the world of further education and employment, contact Janet Kolita on janet.kolita@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

A pupil from Grange Primary School at the event in Warrington and Vale Royal College
A pupil from Grange Primary School at the event in Warrington and Vale Royal College 

Children from St Josephs Primary School in Winsford at Warrington and Vale Royal College
Children from St Josephs Primary School in Winsford at Warrington and Vale Royal College 

Pupils from Wharton Primary School at event in Warrington and Vale Royal College
Pupils from Wharton Primary School at event in Warrington and Vale Royal College 
 

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