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School pupils aim high after College taster day

Ambitious pupils from local secondary schools were invited to take part in Aiming High Taster Days at Havering Sixth Form College.

The two stretch-and-challenge days for high achievers from partner schools gave youngsters the chance to experience specialist teaching as well as gain an insight into progression opportunities, such as access to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

Around 150 Year 10 and Year 11 pupils from schools including Emerson Park, Hall Mead, Coopers, Marshalls Park, Bower Park, Redden Court, Albany, Royal Liberty, Brittons and Sanders attended interactive sessions such as Imagination & Speculation, Thinking Logically, Fake News, Higher Order Thinking Skills and Thinking Ahead.

These 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.

The pupils were also taken on a tour of the College by Havering Sixth Form Student Ambassadors.

Year 11 most able pupils from Bower Park Academy are also attending a series of twilight Aiming High sessions at the College on Wednesday afternoons.

The Aiming High Taster Day initiative was led by Assistant Principal Sue Bannocks. She 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.”

Mrs Lisa Isaacs, from Royal Liberty School, said: “Our boys all enjoyed the day and found the workshops were very beneficial. It has really made them focus on the options available to them after their GCSEs and beyond.”


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