The College opened its doors for the one of the biggest events in the calendar this week as hundreds of prospective students flooded the building for the annual Find Your Feet event. Running for two days over 25th and 26th June, the aim was to give students a real sample of College life, the lessons they had chosen and to meet new people ready for when they enrol in September. The event was a huge success with many students gaining confidence and making new friends.
Prospective students sacrificed some of the summer break to give College a trial run, undertaking lessons in their chosen subjects and sampling those that they were undecided over in order to make an informed choice before enrolment in September. There were also lots of activities in the Main Atrium including street dance performers, musicians and the chance to be pictured with Tom Halloway’s Olympic Torch whilst elsewhere in the building there was a BBQ, the chance to meet our College Chaplain and even an alcohol awareness stand run by West Midlands Police and Staffordshire County Council which showed students how they would look in 10 years time if they binge drink on a regular basis. It gave some of our VIP students the chance to become TV stars as BBC Midlands Today ran a feature on their evening bulletins.
Feedback from students was remarkably positive. Visitors were invited to leave their feedback on cards as they left. Here is a selection of the comments;
Marcus Rolph – Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy; “It was really good and helped me choose my subjects for next year.”
Jess Hemmings – Sir Thomas Boughey; “It was really useful. Meeting new people was great.”
Jasmine Lomas – Moorside High School; “I don’t want it to end. I’m already looking forward to September.”
Danny Broadhurst – Discovery Academy (South); “I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it as I was nervous. The staff were really friendly. Thanks to everyone involved.”
Georgia Hill – Newcastle Community High School; “IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!”
The Main Atrium became packed during the lunch break as students watched some energetic performances from our A-Level and BTEC Dance students. Some students were so impressed with what they saw, they decided to get in on the action and some impromptu ‘dance-offs’ took place between the new class and the old. The audience burst into rapturous applause after seeing some impressive moves from both groups.
Science students also made history during the event by becoming the first students ever to have a lesson in the brand new Science Centre.
The students can now look forward to a summer break with confidence that they will be able to enjoy coming to the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College next year already knowing their tutors and having a few familiar faces sitting alongside them as they embark on their learning pathways with us.