Forty Year 10 pupils from a Swindon school took a special trip to Oxford Brookes University on Thursday 19 November to explore higher education.
Every year the University holds a series of Passport Days for Year 10 pupils from selected schools across Oxfordshire as well as in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and Swindon. The aim of these events is to raise the aspirations of the young people who attend, and to inform them about higher education.
Pupils get a tour of the University’s Headington Campus, including the multi award-winning, £132m John Henry Brookes Building which opened in 2014. They also spend the day taking part in a range of activities with current Brookes students exploring different aspects of higher education. One of the activities involved learning about the different student societies at Oxford Brookes, where the pupils also came up with their own society and presented their ideas to the group.
Alice Wilby, UK Recruitment and Partnerships Director at Oxford Brookes University said: “We have been running these events for ten years, as part of our widening participation work to raise the aspirations, awareness and attainment of young people. Last year we ran four successful Passport Days with Swindon schools and over 120 pupils attended. Teachers and pupils alike are always positive about these events and give great feedback about the content, organisation and delivery.”said the visit had changed their thoughts about maybe going on to higher education.
The University will also be running an adapted Passport Day for The Riverside Centre, run by the educational service EOTAS Swindon (Education Other Than At School). It supports vulnerable and anxious pupils that try to rebuild their self-esteem to get them back into mainstream schools.
For more information about Oxford Brookes' work with schools and colleges visit the UK Recruitment and Partnerships webpage.