Haughton Academy pupils break down the barriers to higher learning

Education Village

Thursday, 26th July 2018

Haughton Academy pupils break down the barriers to higher learning

STUDENTS have been given a glimpse of their futures

STUDENTS have been given a glimpse of their futures in a scheme aimed at breaking down possible barriers to higher learning.

Forty Year 10 students from Haughton Academy, part of the Education Village, Darlington, applied for the three-day university residential.

Nine were chosen for their exemplary attendance and behaviour records to attend York St John University for an insight into higher education.

They stayed in university accommodation, enjoyed full days of activities in seminar rooms and lecture theatres and even experienced a quiz in the student union bar, the host of societies available to under-graduates and York as a city.

Eight other schools from around the region took part in the initiative.

Haughton Academy careers co-ordinator Caroline Larsen said: “We saw them building in confidence and develop aspirations. In just three days they flourished, blossomed and their confidence absolute flew. They totally embraced the residential and did their school proud.

“I wanted them to realise that everything is accessible to them; there are no barriers except the ones they might create themselves.”