On Tuesday 26th June, we were delighted to welcome nearly 50 Year 6 students who currently attend our feeder primary schools, they will be joining us in September. The day was intended to give the students a taste of some of the opportunities that will be available to them in Year 7.

The day started with the students meeting some key members of staff who will be supporting them next term. This included: Mr McGovern – the SENDCo, Mrs Barker – the school first aider, Mrs Gilbert – who is one of our Safeguarding team, Mr Barnado – deputy head of Year 7, Mrs Rowe – who works in the main office and Alison who works for Aspens which is the company in charge of the catering here.

The students then took part in a Timetable Trail around the college. This enabled them to visit various departments, and gave them an idea of just how big our site is! This was a valuable exercise, particularly for those students who came from smaller schools.

Following a break the students embarked on the first of 3 workshops which they attended throughout the day. All of the workshops were run by college staff who willingly gave up their free time. Also supporting were several of our older students who did a sterling job working with their younger peers. The workshops were many and varied. The list included: Rock and Roll Dance in the Dance Studio, putting sound, lighting and smoke effects on to a Disney scene in The Studio, African Drumming took place in the Music department and there was indoor cricket in the Spots Hall, students got to try out the sewing machines in Technology, and looked at animation using Apple Mac computers, in the Maths department they took part in a newspaper bridge competition, whilst in the library they had to find different characters hidden in and around the books. In addition, there were hamster health checks, and bird feeders were constructed!

In the middle of the day the students made their own lunch, and had time to meet other young people who will become their classmates, and may well become their friends in September.

The feedback has been very positive:

  • ‘Really excited about starting at the college.’
  • ‘Everything was amazing.’
  • ‘He was beaming and telling me how much he loved it all.’
  • ‘He cannot wait to come .’
  • ‘Just to say thank you for a superb day – My son had a great time and enjoyed all the activities. He also met up with his old best friend who moved schools. That made his day!’

We look forward to welcoming these young people here in September. If they are as polite, friendly and enthusiastic then, we are going to have a great year!