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Copleston High School

Copleston is acknowledged by the Vice Chancellor of University Campus Suffolk (UCS) as "a vibrant example of partnership working between outstanding secondary schools, and UCS."

Over the last three years, Copleston high school has been involved in a number of high profile schemes in partnership with the widening participation team at UCS. These schemes aim to raise the awareness of Higher Education with our students right from when they join us at Copleston High School in Year 7.

Year 7,8 and 9 students were invited to “skills days” where workshop sessions include explaining what HE is all about, student finance and what courses are available. UCS tours are organised at the Waterfont campus and James Hehir Buliding to introduce students and parents to university life.

In Years 7, 8 and 9, there are bespoke programmes for students and parents on “family awareness days”. This is a one day opportunity for parents and students to look in more depth at appropriate learning and careers pathways based on “cutting edge” learning tasks.

In Year 8 students were involved in sector led skills days. Seventy five year 8 students experience a full day working with Midwifery, Early Childhood studies, Radiography and Applied dance. Students were introduced to courses that may be fully funded by the NHS or Erasmus so that students can see that there can be courses that are fully funded, or have European options to live and work in a European Country.

In Year 10 and 11, student mentors from UCS work with staff and students on bespoke mentoring programmes. There are options of summer schools and specialist talks on student finance, applied learning and university life. In GCSE PE students use the elite sports science facilities to monitor and track performance, and in GCSE History, coursework and research projects link directly into raising student performance.

Copleston students also played a leading role in the recent consultation process “Shout out Suffolk”, which gave student voice to the “Raising the Bar “project to shape future educational services in Suffolk.

Former Copleston students work at the University. An outstanding example of this is Caroline Askew who is now in a strategic research and business position fundraising for UCS to develop further future skills links.