College puts students on track to success

Pupils aged between nine and 11 from Corpus Christi Primary School had an exclusive peek behind the scenes at Gateshead College’s Academy for Sport, the Baltic Campus and the Skills Academy for Automotive, Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics.

The visits by the year five and six pupils were part of the school’s ‘Raising Aspirations’ project, which aims to inspire and motivate children by teaching them about the working world from a young age.

Activities included, designing an Xbox game, robot demonstrations, engine demonstrations and motorsport simulator experiences. The children also took part in a career planning session.

Christine Ingle, head teacher at Corpus Christi Primary School, said: “We think that it’s really important to give children from all walks of life the chance to see what will be available to them when they leave school.

“It’s important for us as a school to forge links with our local college and it’s fantastic that they support our careers programme.

 “The visits to Gateshead College gave the pupils a real insight into the huge variety of study options and career paths that they can pursue here in Gateshead.

“Our Raising Aspirations project is an ongoing programme that we have created within the school, which increases the awareness of the world of work.

“We want all of our pupils to achieve their full potential in school and projects like this encourage them to do their very best.”

Scott Brown, student engagement officer at Gateshead College said: “We were delighted to host the school visits and hope that the pupils have taken away with them lots of ideas about what they might like to do in the future.

“At Gateshead College we’re committed to engaging with schools, community groups and all members of our local community to showcase the wide range of career options that we have available here.”

Charlie Arnold, aged 11, said: “It was lots of fun looking round the different Gateshead College campuses and seeing all the different types of courses that they run.”

Christine added: “We chose Gateshead College because of its wide variety of vocational courses that our pupils could experience we want to instil in the children they can be successful no matter what they choose to do.

“Gateshead College is our local college and many of our pupils will choose to study there when they leave school, so it is vital that we make these links early with our pupils.”