Year 10 College Taster Days

Year 10 students were given the opportunity to attend taster days at Middlesbrough College, Prior Pursglove College, Redcar & Cleveland College and Stockton Riverside College in June.

In a series of whole year group assemblies in April/May students were introduced to the colleges and given information plus application forms to apply for their chosen subjects. Students were able to attend all of the taster days if they wished.

Despite clashing with the performing art exams and a GCSE history visit to London we had a good turn out to all events. In most cases transport to and from the colleges was provided as well as free lunches.

Once at the taster days students attended a range of subjects sampling vocational and A Level courses. They got to see what college life was like, view the college campuses, sample their lunch menus, meet staff and current students and get an overall feel for the place. Most of the feedback we received from students was very positive and they really enjoyed the courses they had chosen. In some cases our students discovered that they didn't enjoy the course and that was just as valuable an experience for them, because now they know this they are able to look in to, and focus, on other options. 

Behaviour on every single taster day was wonderful and our academy was very well represented. The students were really engaged and displayed a fantastic mature, attitude throughout. 

Mr K Lane, Assistant Vice Principal-Behaviour & Aspirations says:

"Well done to all of our wonderful Year 10 students who attended the four college taster days. Their conduct was exemplary. I trust they gained a lot from the experience to inform their future steps."


If any student would like to find out more about any of the colleges they visited or any other post 16 provisions they are interested in they can visit the following websites or pop in to the careers library and the careers officer will be very happy help you.

Redcar & Cleveland College

Middlesbrough College 

Prior Pursglove College

Stockton Riverside College


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