Aim Higher Evening

Published on 24 March 2015

Aim Higher Evening

Options for the future were explored by students at an Aim Higher evening staged at school recently.  Primarily aimed at Year 12s who are now starting to think about higher education and alternative routes, the event was open to  students from all years. A significant number of Year 11s, and even a handful of forward-thinking Year 10s, took up the invitation.

In a packed dance studio, stalls were manned by a wide range of representatives from higher and further education establishments, training providers and employers – in fact, it was so full that several visitors had to set up in the corridor outside.  Among those offering advice, literature and - of course - free pens were staff from the universities of Bedfordshire, Anglia Ruskin, Bucks, Coventry and Northampton. Also present were Bedford, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, Pearson and Shuttleworth colleges, and ten companies offering training and apprenticeship opportunities.

In the theatre, Director of Sixth Form Mr Downey and Assistant Director Miss Davies gave talks on the benefits of higher education, whilst Ellen Punter from Bedford College offered a perspective on an alternative route, apprenticeships.

‘Much to our delight it was an extremely busy and well attended evening, with close to 90% of Year 12s turning up to make the most of the information and advice on offer. Hopefully it gave them momentum for the vital research and decision-making about their future that begins in earnest after Easter,’ says Mr Downey.  ‘It was also good to see some of the lower year students there - it’s never too early to be thinking about your future!’