SCHOOL children were given a taste of student life in a move to raise aspirations and prepare them for the future.
More than 150 Year 11 pupils from Greenfield School descended on Darlington College for an insight into life in further and higher education.
Boys and girls from the Newton Aycliffe school were also treated to a VIP tour of Teesside University’s Darlington campus which shares the Haughton Road site with Darlington College.
At Darlington College students were shown the state of the art facilities available in key areas, including catering, construction and art and design. They were able to talk to tutors and students about life in post-16 education and were able to access advice on careers and courses.
Student ambassadors conducted a tour of the new Teesside University building and pupils were informed about higher education opportunities.
Darlington College’s student recruitment manager Karen Wilson said: “Young people must now stay in some form of education or training until they are 17 and the school approached us for help.
“We were able to show the progression pathway from school, through further education and onto university giving them a clear understanding of the opportunities that are available in Darlington.”
Greenfield School assistant head teacher Stuart Dixon added: “The aim was to raise awareness and aspirations among the children. It has been a great experience and shown them their next step in gaining the qualifications they will need in the future.”