This year’s annual Notre Dame Higher Education Parents’ Evening took place on Thursday 25 April.
The event was attended by around 300 parents and carers of lower sixth students. Its aim was to inform parents about the UCAS application process and the range of related support provided by staff at college.
Assistant Principal Mrs Sarah Dumont welcomed those attending and explained the UCAS application schedule as well as outlining widening participation access schemes and alternatives to university. A representative of Leeds Beckett University talked about the student finance process, then parents were invited to attend a variety of subject-specific talks. These included a bespoke session about applying to Oxford and Cambridge Universities, or for medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.
Parents also had the opportunity to speak to 15 universities, the Leeds Apprenticeship Hub, and National Citizen Service (NCS), who all staffed stands in our upper common room. Exhibitors were asked about courses, campuses, finance, applications and all other aspects of higher level study.
Our attendees found the event very useful. One parent said, ‘Thank you for a fantastic and informative evening to help us support and motivate our child.’
Head of Careers Mrs Anna Dickinson added, ‘This year’s HE Parents’ Evening was a huge success. There was a great buzz around college with a wide range of HE providers offering information, advice and guidance to our lower sixth parents. A special thank you to Leeds Beckett University for providing the student finance talk. And thank you to all the parents who took the time to visit Notre Dame and make the most of the valuable information provided. If you missed the HE Parents’ Evening and would like to receive further information please feel free to contact the Careers Department using firstname.lastname@example.org’