REACH education potential via 'drop in' day

Published: 25 September 2008 at 12:24

Upper school students from Basildon and Billericay get chance to Aimhigher

A ‘drop in’ day is to be staged on 18 October which is designed to help Year 10 and 11 students from Basildon and Billericay to think about Further and Higher Education. Around 600 students and parents are expected to attend.

This annual event which helps students learn more about educational choices will be held at Jumpin Jaks night club at the Festival Leisure Park in Basildon. Run by the Basildon Aimhigher partnership, it is supported, this year, by Anglia Ruskin University.

REACH 2008, will help students to consider which subjects to study, what to do after they completed the course, and what to look for in terms of Further and Higher Education courses.  There will also be presentations at various points throughout the day by staff from universities and colleges which will outline their similarities and differences and how to apply to each of them.

Students from Anglia Ruskin University and University of Essex will also be on hand to chat to those attending the event about the choices they made and their experiences of studying at university.

Nicola Lumb, Widening Participation Officer at Anglia Ruskin University explained:

"This is an open event for Year 10 and 11 students who would like a clearer idea of their options within the local area for further and higher education.  Each sixth form institution, college, university, and some work related learning providers are on hand to provide information, advice and guidance to the visitors.  It is all about the future and helping others to achieve their potential."

"The event has been running for a couple of years now and it gets bigger and better each time it is staged. This year, for example, Billericay schools have been invited to join in on the day."

Representatives from the following education providers will be participating on the day: Chalvedon School Sixth Form, Beauchamps School Sixth Form, Bromfords School Sixth Form, The Billericay School, Palmers College, South East Essex College, SEEVIC College, Thurrock and Basildon College, Writtle College, ITEC Learning Technologies, Connexions, Anglia Ruskin University, University of Greenwich, University of East London, and the University of Essex.