Y Factor 2018

On the 19th of January the College’s Humanities department hosted its annual  Y Factor event. Year 10 and Year 11 students from 4 local highschools from across Stoke-on-Trent participated in a day of bespoke humanities taster sessions. The schools involved in this year’s event were:

  • Wolstanton High School
  • St Peter’s Academy
  • Birches Head Academy
  • Clayton Hall Academy

Chris Eyre, Curriculum Manager for Humanities, and author of a number of humanities A Level revision guides and well-received books,  summarised that “Y Factor has been designed to give as many secondary school students as possible a glimpse at the College’s wonderful humanities subjects, as well as introducing young people to thought provoking ideas and concepts.’

During Y Factor students were taken on a journey through the possibilities and challenges of studying humanities. Students discovered the secrets of the past in History, debated belief and ethics in Religious Studies, questioned life’s great mysteries in Philosophy, investigated the inner workings of the planet in Geography, and discovered how Rome was built in Classical Civilisation. A full day of exploration.

As well as a taste of College life, students received invaluable advice for preparing for their GCSE exams during Y Factor.

The event culminated with a presentation of awards which recognised the hard-work of the students who had most enthusiastically engaged with the taster sessions.

Y Factor was a great success this year; each student involved embraced this opportunity with impressive enthusiasm. The College is thankful to all the schools involved and looks forward to hosting the event again next year