Almost 1300 year ten students attended this year’s Three Colleges Open Day yesterday, the most successful turn-out the event has ever had.
Pupils from schools all over Herefordshire were able to take part in a huge range of activities from philosophy and ethics, fashion design and beauty therapy to sessions on chemistry, ICT and plumbing.
Herefordshire Council’s learning and curriculum team organised the fourth annual Three Colleges Open Day for year ten pupils from across the county, to allow them to access hands on tasters of college life at Hereford Sixth Form College, Herefordshire & Ludlow College and Hereford College of Arts, which will help them make informed decisions about their career choices.
Extremely enthusiastic and positive feedback was received from students during the day advising they had an ‘amazing time’ were ‘really looking forward to going to college’ and were astounded as to how ‘big’ and ‘different’ college was to school.
Pippa Hart, learning manager at Fairfield High School said: “The organisation of the event was seamless and college staff were friendly and approachable. Our students were very enthusiastic about the sessions that they participated in and we’re already looking forward to being a part of next year’s event.”
Lisa Davies, learning and engagement advisor at Herefordshire Council, said: “The taster morning gave year 10 students the unique opportunity to experience first-hand life as a college student and familiarise themselves with the college surroundings and staff. Students attended workshops in subject areas they are considering studying in the future, giving them the opportunity to confirm or even change their mind and help them to look forward, not fear, the transition from school to post 16 education and training. A successful, enjoyable, upbeat and invaluable day for all involved!”