Leeds West Academy

National Collaborative Outreach Programme

Inspiring futures in Higher Education

This week, Ms Halliday took six Year 10 students from Leeds West Academy on a residential as part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme.

The programme aims to inspire and inform students about Higher Education and supports them in accessing these opportunities in the future. The students took part in subject tasters, enterprise challenges, team building exercises, and more. These different activities allowed students to learn and gain as much knowledge as possible whilst having fun and being in a higher learning environment.

Students also attended a Fresher’s Fair to replicate what they might experience in their first few weeks of university. Student Ambassadors from the universities supported the trip and were available for a Q&A session to dispel any myths. This was largely beneficial to the students as they gained a great insight on university life and they were able to ask as many questions as possible to further their knowledge.

As a treat for their hard work and excellent efforts during the residential, the students took a trip to Red Hot Buffet and Hollywood Bowl, which they were very keen on and appreciated. Overall, the students were able to enjoy their time as well as digest as much understanding and experience as possible.

Ms Halliday said: "I couldn't have asked for a more respectful, polite and well-behaved group of students. They have taken part in all activities, and the student ambassador assigned to our school has said they have been a delight to work with."

This news was written by Matida, who has undertaken work experience with Leeds West Academy and Leeds City Academy this week.