Harrow Way Community School Year 8 students were given a taste of Higher Education following a trip to The University of Winchester last week. The day of lecturers, tours and meeting undergraduates was designed to inspire the students to start considering their future and the role university could play in helping them achieve their ambitions.

Head of Year 8 Rachel Atherton commenting on the value of introducing the students to the idea of going to university, said: “Although university is a number of years away for these students it is important that they start to think about their future now. They all thoroughly enjoyed the visit and can now visualise what ‘being at university’ looks and feels like. We want students to aim high and achieve the best they can and the planning for that starts here, at Harrow Way. They have seen what could await them if they work hard and continue with their studies.”

While at the University students took part in a number of sample lectures in Creative Writing, Criminology and Sports Science. Hosted by undergraduates they were given a tour of the university including student accommodation and common areas while also given an insight into the cost of life as a degree student such as rent and course fees.

Harrow Way undertakes a series of activities throughout the year to encourage and engage students with their future. This also includes opportunities for work experience, careers interviews, trips, assemblies and an outside speaker programme.