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College taste test for Havering’s Year 10 pupils

Year 10 pupils from local secondary schools attended Taster Days at Havering Sixth Form, to find out what college life is all about.

Around 500 students from Albany, Bower Park, Brittons, Coopers, Emerson Park, Hall Mead, Marshalls Park, Redden Court and Royal Liberty schools all spent a day taking part in subject sessions and discovering courses on offer.

The Year 10 Taster Days, which have run annually for six years, are held over two days and are organised as a joint project between local schools, Havering Sixth Form and Havering College of Further & Higher Education.

Pupils chose from a range of workshops and subject sessions, including Sport and Tourism, Digital Arts, Social Sciences, Studio Arts, Business and ICT, Performing Arts, Maths, Science and Critical and Creative Thinking.

The aim of the event is to encourage Year 10s to spend a day sampling lessons and thinking about what they would like to study after GCSEs.

Many tutors were impressed with the work the students produced and commented on how well behaved and enthusiastic they were.

Ben Dowsey, who took along a group of Year 10s from Marshalls Park School, said: “Our pupils always enjoy these Taster Days. It gives them a chance to try subjects they don’t usually do and to find out the differences between school and college.”

Sue Bannocks, Associate Principal for Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many of the borough's Year 10 pupils into College. We are sure they will have benefitted from the experience that was designed to engage, enthuse and challenge them and also to help them in their decision-making about post-16 education as they move into Year 11.”