Students from Haywood Sixth Form Academy visited Staffordshire University on Wednesday 10th February to take part in grade-raising workshops.
62 students from Year 12 took part in the visit, designed to give them a taste of university life, to develop employability and study skills and to allow A Level Biology students to use specialist equipment in one of the university’s science laboratories.
Mike Whittingham, Deputy Headteacher, said: “Our goal is to offer first class opportunities to all our students, whether they want to go to a top university, gain an apprenticeship or begin a high quality career in the world of work.
“The education liaison team at Staffordshire University have worked closely with us to create tailor-made workshops, which I think our students have really enjoyed and benefited from.”
A Level Biology students took part in a workshop led by Dr Kevin Reiling, senior lecturer in Biology. Students used special microscopes to study Aedes aegypti – the mosquito species that has been in the international news recently, linked to the Zika virus. A second workshop, challenged students to pitch a business idea to the group, taking into consideration price, product, promotion and place. Each team had to present their idea in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ or ‘Apprentice’ style challenge.