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Students get fair chance to find out about further learning
5:26pm Friday 22nd February 2013 in News
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STUDENTS had the chance to find out more about their Higher Education choices at a special school event this week.
Dorcan Academy hosted its second school-based Higher Education fair on Wednesday, with 1,500 pupils from across the town, from Year 5 upwards, given the chance to talk to representatives from 27 Higher Education institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge.
The careers team, made up mainly of Year 10 students, were at the heart of the event, showing people around and playing a pivotal role in its organisation.
Leeanne Hunnex, Key Stage 4 progression leader at the academy, stressed the importance of allowing Dorcan’s students to have a hands-on approach to the day. She said: “We get the careers team to lead it so they can develop their skills and learn in a different environment. It allows them to integrate with each other and people attending the event.”
The fair also provided the chance for 200 Dorcan students to work with university ambassadors on raising their grades and considering option choices, as well as finding out about university life.
Anya Momi, a Year 10 student who played a key part in organising the event, said: “It’s been busy and chaotic but really worth it.
“It’s a really good thing to be involved with. It’s nice to see people progress. A lot of people write university off, but the event is really important and it shows that university is achievable.”