Pupils have a bright future

On Tuesday 20th March, we welcomed a total of 500 guests from eight of our partner schools; Amery Hill, Bohunt, Eggar’s, Mill Chase, Perins, Robert May’s, The Petersfield School and Weydon. Pupils and their parents attended presentations and workshops which aimed to provide information and guidance as well as inspiring them to consider the possibilities of life after school.

Presentations were made by Dr Adam Smith, Admissions Tutor at University College London on ‘How to get into a Russell Group University’, Paul Meades of the University of Portsmouth on ‘The Changing Face of University Finance’ and Helen Fenton of Hampshire County Council on ‘How can I support my Gifted and Talented child?’

While parents were engaged in hearing the presentations, pupils were whisked off to three of their own activities. They were involved in a workshop about ‘Student Life’ by the University of Reading, hearing from Alton College students about ‘Applying to Competitive Courses’and finally a workshop whose title raised a few eyebrows; ‘Tell me about a banana’.

Freyja Barnard, a Year 9 pupil from Eggar’s School, took part in the three workshops and said: “It was really good to meet new people from other secondary schools and also to be able to catch up with people I haven’t seen since primary school. The evening was really enjoyable and has inspired me to think about the opportunities I have after I leave school.”

When asked what the banana workshop involved, she said “We were asked to tell the tutor about a banana because this was a question that applicants had been asked at their university interview, so they wanted to see how we’d respond. It was really fun because it was a short period of time and we had to think really quickly and creatively.”

One parent added: “My daughter had a really fun evening and she has been inspired to a new level. Thank you very much for this opportunity.”

Jon Myers, Student Services Manager at Alton College organised the evening and said: “It was a highly successful event. It was great to work with schools collaboratively to share practices and work on this event together.We look forward to welcoming many of these students to Alton in a few years time and supporting them through our Gifted and Talented programme.”

For more information about the Gifted & Talented provision at Alton College, please visit our Sixth Form pages.