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BE NICE SOCIALPupils from five local schools enjoyed trying out different subjects in the Year 10 and 11 Taster Day at West Suffolk College

To tie in with National Careers Week and British Science Week, we invited Year 10 & 11 pupils to West Suffolk College for a Taster Day on Friday 6 March.

We welcomed over 120 pupils (from Saint Benedict's Catholic School, King Edward VI School, Stour Valley Community School, Stradbroke High School and Castle Manor Academy), all of whom enjoyed hands-on subject taster sessions in Construction, Sport and Public Services, Catering, Performing Arts, Science and Animal Care, Hair and Beauty and Engineering and Automotive.

In their taster visit to Animal Care, pupils enjoyed meeting degus, snakes, bearded dragons, geckos and learning about the essential needs of different animals.

Others enjoyed our nail salon in our Beauty department, while those pupils experiencing Science were thrilled to make necklaces containing their very own DNA.

At our Milburn Campus, pupils discovered all about carpentry, as well as how to gloss, wallpaper and make wood effects with paint.

When asked what was good about their visit, the pupils said:

  • "It opened up new possibilities and answered some questions.”
  • “I was treated like an adult.”
  • “Being trusted and respected and learning more.”
  • “Staff were lovely, the sport was fun.”
  • “The variety of experiences in each section.”
  • “I got to see how a college would feel like.”
  • “The people, everything.”

Clare Hall, Careers Advisor at West Suffolk College, said: “Many thanks to all the staff involved, the visitors had a great experience of what college is really like.”