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School pupils Aim High at College Taster Day

High achieving pupils from across schools in Havering took part in an Aiming High Taster Day at the Sixth Form.

The stretch-and-challenge day gave the Year 10 students the chance to experience specialist teaching as well as gain an insight into future opportunities, such as access to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

The schools - Bower Park, Hall Mead, Marshalls Park, Hornchurch High and Royal Liberty -  brought along their top pupils to attend interactive sessions titled Analytical and Critical Thinking, Neuroscience, Political Spectrum and Ideology, Thinking Ahead and Higher Order Thinking Skills.

The classes were led by experienced tutors and were designed to challenge, stimulate and develop deeper understanding. Some of the lessons involved group debates on philosophical dilemmas and others involved puzzle and problem-solving.

Former Sixth Form student Charlie Innes – now studying at Oxford University - returned to give a presentation to the pupils on how they can enhance their applications to ensure they have a good chance of getting into the best universities.

Assistant Principal Sue Bannocks said: “Working alongside our partner schools we hope that these sessions have helped raise the aspirations of students across the borough. We pride ourselves here on facilitating excellent progression for all our students. We have a strong record of students achieving at the very highest level and progressing to the very best universities and we are extending that work.”

Kelly Porter, a teacher at Bower Park Academy, said: “It was a great day. All the pupils really enjoyed it and found it a great experience.”

And Mr Ben Dowsey, from Marshalls Park School, said: “The sessions were all very good. Our pupils have definitely benefitted from today.”


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