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Pupils gained an insight into what college life is like when they visited the GMex Centre where Manchester College had set up displays and workshops to showcase their courses. They provided the pupils with the opportunity to talk to staff and pupils and learn more about the college and the courses offered there.

The visit was aimed at Year 11 pupils who are considering their options after finishing school. The pupils were able to discover more about the courses which are available at the college and learn about the skills and qualifications they would need to secure a place on these courses.

The pupils looked at the range of subjects available including science, sport, beauty, hairdressing, technology, art and humanities and were able to get involved with some hands-on activities.

“Visits such as these are designed to provide the pupils with a better idea of what college is really like, the different types of subjects that can be studied, the buildings, the atmosphere and information about the opportunities available to them in the future,” commented Mrs Jacqui Bicknell from Saint Paul’s. “Our pupils really benefitted from the event and they had plenty of thoughts and ideas to take home.”

Mrs Bicknell added “As well as talking to the staff, they also met several college students who were keen to share their enthusiasm and passion for their subjects with our pupils and were happy to answer questions about their own college life in a very friendly way.”

“Events such as these offer our pupils an excellent introduction to the college teaching and learning environment as well as the diverse range of courses that are on offer,” explained Deputy Headteacher, Miss Tina Wilkinson. “We hope that this will inspire the youngsters to invest extra effort in their learning and give them some ideas about the opportunities which would then be open to them once they leave Saint Paul’s.”

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