A select group of 20 Year 9, 10 and 11 students visited Eastleigh College and Barton Peveril Sixth Form College on Thursday, 2 November. The aim of the trip was for students to experience college life, identify possible courses of interest and to gain confidence in thinking about the future, past their time at The Hamble School. The learning support department accompanied the students, who are supported in their learning and the trip was tailored to their interests and their special educational learning and / or physical needs.
The day started off at Eastleigh College with a careers talk, a tour of the college where students were able to speak to the staff and some of the college students completing work in lessons. Students experienced the college canteen, tasting what it had to offer! Students then tried some ‘Lego therapy’, led by one of the Eastleigh College counsellors. Lego based therapy is a structured, group intervention designed to help children learn and practise social skills.
In the afternoon, the group visited Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, completing a tour, meeting members of the college’s learning support team and visiting the college canteen.
It was a fantastic trip and the students loved their time at Eastleigh and Barton as it gave them a real insight into college life and possible courses. Many of them came away from the day feeling excited about going to college and discussing courses they could aim for. Since the trip, the Year 11 students have been supported in making applications and researching in more depth courses and colleges of interest. We hope it has helped to alleviate any anxieties about ‘the next step’.
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