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Leeds Beckett Summer Residential

Seven students from Allerton Grange were nominated by their Year group manager, Ms Walker, to attend a special residential over the summer at Leeds Beckett University. The project, called Larkia, focuses on young girls from a South Asian background and aims to increase aspirations and encourage them into further education.

More than 20 students from schools across Leeds, Bradford and Calderdale took part, getting the university experience by living in on-site accommodation for the three day, two night duration.

The girls attended workshops across campus, using the state-of-the-art facilities Leeds Beckett has to offer. They made stencills in Art; created costumes and put on a fashion show as technology students for the day; built model buildings to sample what studying architecture involves; and even created and performed songs in the music studios.

Amongst the hands-on activities, they attended sessions delivered by a range of professionals who talked about their backgrounds and how they excelled in their careers. One of the speakers, Andrew Mohammed, really inspired the students to try their best and to aim high, sharing his experiences after his family moved from Africa to the UK to allow him the opportunity for a better education. His story showed them that anything was possible and not to set limitations on themselves.

Aliyah T said, “I always wanted to go to university, but actually being there and experiencing what it would be like helped me to get a deeper insight into how things work. Now I can see myself living and studying at university; I’m definitely going to apply.”

Taybah E said, “My family were really supportive and asked me loads of questions about what it was like when I got back. I didn’t think it was for me, but now I can see myself going to university to study the course I want to do.”

Mr Roper, Headteacher at Allerton Grange, said “As a school, our vision reflects our determination to ensure that each and every one of our students experience success, regardless of background or ability. We are proud to be involved in this project, in conjunction with Leeds Beckett, as it provides another opportunity to transform lives.”

Well done to Suraiya A, Aliyah T, Iram R, Maryam H, Taybah E, Alisha N, and Sidra M who all did a fantastic job representing Allerton Grange.

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