Realising Opportunities

"Realising Opportunities

Each year in Sixth Form, a group of students are selected to take part in the Realising Opportunities (RO) programme. This gives some of our most able students a greater insight into the opportunities and pathways that are available to them when they complete their A level exams. Students who succesfully complete this two year programme will be able to apply for reduced off ers from the top fifteen research universities in the country. Last week saw our Year 12 RO students attend their fi rst national conference; as described below by Hayley Glendinning:
"On the 9th of March our Year 12 Realising Opportunities group travelled to Exeter by train, where we joined the fleet of coaches headed for Warwick University for the Realising Opportunities National Student Conference. We had to travel up the day before the conference because it was such a long journey for us, but it gave us the opportunity to eat dinner at their campus restaurant, Le Gusta Café, with students from other participating schools. We stayed overnight in Warwick University’s conference accommodation and woke up to their delicious breakfast the next day!

"At the National Student Conference for RO, we had the chance to attend a workshop of our choice; I attended ‘Choosing a University Course’. We then attended a seminar delivered by the keynote speaker David Hodgson, a psychologist, who gave us a free copy of his book to help build our confidence. After eating lunch we were given a tour of the campus and we were particularly impressed by the university library which had five floors. We also had the opportunity to walk around stands and collect prospectuses from different universities, before leaving for home again. The weekend was so useful and interesting and has really made me think about the huge range of options open to us. There is plenty to think about!"

Hayley Glendinning
RO student - Year 12

Well done to all involved.

Mr Dunkerley
Head of Sixth Form