Barnstaple’s second university fair hailed a success

Faye Cobley from Petroc College talks to Pilton Community College pupils Dalton Ashford (15) and Jam

Faye Cobley from Petroc College talks to Pilton Community College pupils Dalton Ashford (15) and James Ford (15) about Foundation Degree options - Credit: Archant

The event saw more than 450 pupils from eight different schools find out more about university life.

Ed McHugh, a teacher at Pilton Community College provides University information to Ellie Sauerzaph

Ed McHugh, a teacher at Pilton Community College provides University information to Ellie Sauerzaph (15yrs), Megan Morgan (15yrs), Jess Godfrey (15yrs) and Maddy Wardle (15yrs), all from South Molton Community College. - Credit: Archant

MORE than 450 secondary school children had a chance to find out more about their future as Universities from all over the UK gathered in Barnstaple on Tuesday.

The University Fair at the Barnstaple Hotel helped pupils gain an insight into which subjects they could study, what grades they would need, and how to apply.

The event was organised by Pilton Community College teacher Bea Farris, in association with the North Devon Academic Board (NORDAB).

Mrs Farris, who organised the fair the previous year as well, said she was amazed at the support from the eight schools across the region who attended.


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“The aim of the fair was to provide as much information as possible to pupils from Year Eight to Year 11 about higher education and particularly the university options that are available to them,” she said.

“Armed with the information, pupils will be able to make more informed choices about their future.”

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As well as universities, pupils enjoyed presentations from the working world, including marine biologist and BBC Autumn Watch television presenter Maya Plass.

Maya said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to talk to young people about the value of higher education and it is great to see the level of enthusiasm.

“Often, information about career and education choices at school can be limited, and this event addresses many topics under one roof.

“University opened up many doors for me, and I hope that I have inspired some pupils to go for it.”

Pilton pupil Sam Webb, aged 16, said the event had been really useful.

“I have been able to find out all the information that I needed at this stage all in one place without having to drag my parents around the country visiting universities,” he said.

The event was attended by the universities of Bristol, Oxford, Cardiff, Cambridge, Exeter, Falmouth and Petroc, with others already expressing an interest in next year’s event.

Mrs Farris added: “The feedback that we have had so far has been very positive.

“I would ike to thank the teachers and staff who bought the pupils along, the pupils themselves and of course the universities for making this event the success that it was.”

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