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Higher Education Day: Epic Event

Students from Notre Dame and Cardinal Heenan explore their university options.

Every year we offer our lower sixth students a higher education event on a scale unmatched by any other sixth form in Leeds. This year, we invited year 11 pupils from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School to come along.

Higher education day took place on April 28. The Notre Dame Careers Department invited 58 universities to set up stands in the sports hall, where our students asked them about their courses, locations, entry requirements, and every other aspect of degree-level study.

As well as speaking to a huge range of local and national universities, our students had the chance to find out about worldwide gap year opportunities. They also attended a carousel of presentations with topics including how to choose a degree course, student finance, and how to write a personal statement as part of a university application.

On the afternoon of the event, our students took part in two subject-specific workshops of their choice from a list of 38. Some of the most popular were law, business, and health. Our lower sixth particularly enjoyed the student life panel, where they quizzed current undergraduates, and got a realistic idea of life at university. Those who wanted to explore options other than higher education were able to speak to the Leeds Apprenticeship Hub about the growth sectors and upcoming roles in our region and beyond.

After Easter, these students will continue to research their post-18 options with support from their personal tutors and the careers team. So that their parents and carers are equally well informed, we’ll invite them to a Higher Education Parents’ Evening on Thursday April 25 from 6-8pm. In the meantime, we’d like to thank Mrs Dickinson, our Careers Manager, who led on the organisation of this year’s remarkable HE Day.