Pupils from Mowden Junior School Enjoy a Visit to Darlington College

PRIMARY school pupils have been experiencing learning opportunities on their doorstep with a trip to a state-of-the-art college.

Year 5 children from Mowden Junior School were invited for a taste of student life at Darlington College in an initiative designed to increase aspirations.

Around 90 pupils were given a guided tour of the college’s facilities including construction, media, hairdressing and beauty, sport and uniformed services, hospitality and catering.

In in an exciting move, they will return on March 8 for a taster day to gain a real insight into life as a student at one of the country’s leading further education colleges.

Head teacher Peter King said: “This has been an invaluable exercise in showing our pupils just what is available for them in their own town. It has been a fabulous experience for them and they can’t wait to come back for a taster day.”

Darlington College Marketing and Engagement Manager Claire Turner added: “Learning is a seamless journey for young people and it is never too soon to introduce pupils to the idea of further education and the workplace.

“It was also a useful session in breaking down the career stereotypes that often exist in society and I was delighted that many of the girls were interested in joining taster sessions in construction, including bricklaying, plumbing and carpentry, and engineering.”

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