Thu 31st May, 2012
More than sixty year five pupils from Burrowmoor Primary School in March, Cambridgeshire got a taste of university life, when they spent a day at the Bedford campus.
The school’s visit was organised by the University’s Access Partnership Team as part of their programme of Sowing the Seeds schools visits.
The children and their teachers were given a tour of the University’s lecture and seminar rooms, student accommodation, library and Students’ Union to get a feel for what university is all about. The children then worked in groups using their artistic skills to demonstrate what they’d learnt during their visit, through drawings and statements on t-shirts.
As a finale, the children took part in a mini-graduation ceremony, each receiving a commemorative certificate, presented by Pamela Banks, a senior lecturer in Education Studies at the University.
Burrowmoor School Joint Assistant Head Teacher Jo Mills said: “The pupils and staff really enjoyed the visit. The tour and presentations were outstanding in terms of their attention to detail and the children have been really inspired, through their t-shirt designs.”
Joint Assistant Head Teacher Mandy McClenaghan added “The experience was greatly enhanced by the Access Partnership Team’s visit to Burrowmoor School earlier this year. The team gave a great presentation to the school's pupils, teachers and some of the parents – this really opened the children's eyes to the possibilities of what university offers, if you work hard to achieve your dreams.”
Access Partnership Lead Officer Trevor Sinclair said: “This has been another successful day and the students really enjoyed it. It’s important for local school students to see what opportunities are on their doorstep.”