A University Centre Weston (UCW) initiative has seen 430 local primary school pupils take part in aspiration-raising activities this summer.
With the number of 18-year-olds in Weston applying for university below the national average, the summer school programme has been designed to educate children about the many benefits of pursuing higher education.
The 10 and 11-year-olds met UCW students and staff in the Winter Gardens, took part in interactive activities about how a degree could help them get their dream jobs, and received certificates during mock graduation ceremonies.
JJ Clark, UCW’s Widening Participation Officer, said: “It is great that so many of these pupils want to be doctors, vets, teachers and all sorts of other degree-level professionals.
“This initiative is all about encouraging those aspirations and persuading the pupils that higher education is a realistic ambition.
“We are really proud to be part of our local community here in North Somerset and we hope to have got the children thinking about their futures.”
One of the teachers from a participating primary school said: “Some of our children feel that university isn’t an option for them and this experience is so valuable as it raises their aspirations and teaches them about post-16 and post-18 options.”
The schools that signed up to ‘Professor Fluffy’s Education Adventure’ this summer were Ashcombe Primary School, Becket Primary School, Bourneville Primary School, Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, Mead Vale Community Primary School, Milton Park Primary School, Oldmixon Primary School, Walliscote Primary School and Yeo Moor Primary School.
Find out more about UCW’s work with schools and colleges here.