Sixth Form Conference Day
On Thursday 5 July, students from Year 12 joined selected students from Years 10 and 11 for a specially arranged Sixth Form Conference Day at Leeds Beckett University
After arriving on campus, the students were led into a lecture theatre for the introductory talks. For some, it was the first time they had been in this type of learning environment, and was fantastic experience to enable them to get a feel for what life is like attending lectures. Mr Roper delivered an opening speech, which centred around building the aspirations of our students who may not have considered going on to university before. He also talked about the support and further opportunities available to students who stay on to study at Allerton Grange Sixth Form.
Following the introductions, the groups were split into three to attend workshops on a rotation throughout the morning. They included Personal Statement Writing, Life at University and Student Finance, each led by a member of staff from the university.
After lunch, students took it in turns to have a tour of the Headingley Campus and take part in a Q&A session with the student ambassadors, who had been supporting the event. They told the groups about themselves, where they were from and what they were studying, before answering questions from our students openly and honestly. Many talked about going to university as the most challenging but rewarding thing they had done, inspiring our students to consider this route after sixth form.
Mrs Child, Assistant Headteacher and Strategic Partnerships lead, said “This is the first conference of this kind, with Leeds Beckett providing information and guidance on campus. We have been able to reassure students who might have initially considered the costs involved as a barrier to them studying at university. They have also been able to interact with university students to get a better understanding of living in halls, cooking and cleaning for themselves, and the work involved in the courses they have chosen to study. Our students left with a deeper understanding of what they can expect from Higher Education and our Sixth Form team, as they study the A Levels they need to move on to university.”