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Hundreds of primary school children have been given a unique insight into their potential future education, with a day of discovery at Warrington & Vale Royal College (formerly Mid Cheshire College).

Pupils from ten Winsford primary schools visited the college’s Hartford campus, in an event organised by the Raising Aspirations Project, part of the Winsford Whole Place programme.

They were shown what it would be like to attend Warrington & Vale Royal College – with fun activities including mini gateaux making, car maintenance, hair-ups, bricklaying, carpentry, electrical engineering and graphic design.

The event showcased possible career ambitions to the pupils and portrayed a future within post-16 education for which they can aim.

One pupil who attended the event said: “All Year 6 children should do this from every school. We loved the different sessions and have never done anything like this before.”

Stephanie Hutchinson, school engagement manager at Warrington & Vale Royal College, was instrumental in the event’s success, ensuring pupils had a great time from the moment they arrived until the moment they went home at the end of the day.

She said: “As a college, we really enjoyed being a part of this important initiative. We have had some really positive feedback from both the children and teachers involved.

“Our curriculum staff also had a great time – the pupils were really enthusiastic and took everything on board. They behaved fantastically and were a credit to their schools.”

She added: “Whilst they are a few years away from joining us at the college yet, I think we have made a great first impression on the class of 2024 for Winsford and many of them will remember their experiences today for many years to come.

“We cannot wait to be involved in the event again next year.”

Jess Andrews, a class teacher at Winsford High Street Community Primary School, said: “It was a brilliant opportunity for children to see college and the event will support pupils’ transition to secondary school.

“The sessions were engaging and imaginative and we learnt so much about subjects and jobs we have never even thought of.”

Jess concluded: “The children were tired which is a good sign of them being really engaged all day.”

Other sessions on the day included electrical installation, business and travel, media, art and design, drama and dance, ICT, applied science, health and social care, sport and team building workshops.

Cllr Nicole Meardon, cabinet member for children and young people at CWAC, explained: “The Raising Aspirations Project is all about introducing Winsford’s youngsters to the real world of work and helping them realise that they can pursue whichever career they wish.

“This rewarding, inspiring and successful event at Warrington and Vale Royal College was an important step in their personal development.

“It is hoped that the children will have come away from it with more personal ambitions and fresh ideas for what they want to achieve later in life.”

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