Oxford Brookes holds Passport Day for Swindon school pupils
Monday, 23 November 2015
Forty Year 10 pupils from a Swindon school took a special trip to Oxford Brookes University last week (Thursday 19 November) to explore higher education.
Every year the University holds a series of Passport Days for Year 10 pupils from selected schools across Oxfordshire as well as in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and Swindon. The aim of these events is to raise the aspirations of the young people who attend, and to inform them about higher education.
Pupils get a tour of the University’s Headington Campus, including the multi award-winning, £132m John Henry Brookes Building which opened in 2014. They also spend the day taking part in a range of activities with current Brookes students exploring different aspects of higher education. One of the activities involved learning about the different student societies at Oxford Brookes, where the pupils also came up with their own society and presented their ideas to the group.
We have been running these events for over ten years, as part of our widening participation work to raise the aspirations, awareness and attainment of young people.Alice Wilby, UK Recruitment and Partnerships Director, Oxford Brookes University
The pupils on last week’s Passport Day were from Isambard Community School in Swindon, and two other passport days will be held in early 2016 with St Joseph’s Catholic College and The Ridgeway School.
Alice Wilby, UK Recruitment and Partnerships Director at Oxford Brookes University said: “We have been running these events for over ten years, as part of our widening participation work to raise the aspirations, awareness and attainment of young people. Last year we ran four successful Passport Days with Swindon schools and over 120 pupils attended. Teachers and pupils alike are always positive about these events and give great feedback about the content, organisation and delivery.”
Pupils Julia and Thomas from Isambard Community School had positive feedback about the day:
"I didn't want to go to University at all before, but now that I know what it is like, there's a chance I will think about it in the future".
"I have got some new knowledge about what it is like and what goes on."
The University will also be running an adapted Passport Day for The Riverside Centre, run by the educational service EOTAS Swindon (Education Other Than At School). It supports vulnerable and anxious pupils that try to rebuild their self-esteem to get them back into mainstream schools.
For more information about Oxford Brookes' work with schools and colleges visit the UK Recruitment and Partnerships webpage.