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Aiming High Taster Days give pupils food for thought

Two Aiming High Taster Days held in College for top pupils from local partner schools were a great success.

The Taster Days gave high–achievers in Years 10 and 11 the chance to experience stretch and challenge teaching as well as gain an insight into progression opportunities, such as Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

More than 200 pupils took part in the Taster Days, held on 3rd and 8th December. The schools involved were Albany, Bower Park, Brittons, Emerson Park, Gaynes, Hall Mead, Redden Court, Royal Liberty and Sanders. In addition, pupils from Abbs Cross and Redden Court are attending a series of twilight Aiming High sessions at College on Thursday evenings.

Aiming High Taster Days give pupils food for thought | December 2015

During the two days, the school pupils experienced six separate interactive sessions, titled Thinking Skills, Thinking Ahead, Thinking Logically, Thinking Laterally, Thinking Collaboratively and Revision Skills. 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 initiative was led by Associate 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.”

“Our own most able students benefit from being involved in the design and delivery of these sessions and in turn they benefit the young people from our partner schools.”

Mr Ant Henry, from Redden Court School, said: “The workshops were very beneficial for those who attended and the students were most impressed by the delivery of the Principal’s talk about the Aiming High programme on offer at Havering Sixth Form.

“Discussions on the mini bus home centred around college courses and university places!”