In February, a group of Year 9 and 10 students visited Edge Hill University. As part of the Gifted & Talented programme, we are keen to introduce students to opportunities that are open to them after their time at Ridgeway has come to an end and, in particular, to encourage them to learn about the lifelong benefits of a university education.
Although Year 9 and 10 students are several years away from actually starting at university, it is important to start thinking now about higher education, not least because many university courses expect specific A-level qualifications to study certain degrees.
We were welcomed to the university on an important day for many of the visitors as the university was interviewing prospective candidates for courses. Their nervous faces certainly helped the staff to explain what university interviews were all about to the students.
We were given a tour of the university by three current students who were able to tell us what life is like on campus, as well as giving us information about their course and also the range of high-tech facilities available to students who attend Edge Hill. After our tour, we were able to ask some questions of university staff and students before returning to school.