PRIMARY school pupils have been experiencing learning opportunities on their doorstep with a trip to a state-of-the-art college.

Year 5 children from Mowden Junior School were invited for a taste of student life at Darlington College in an initiative designed to increase aspirations.

Around 90 pupils were given a guided tour of the college’s facilities including construction, media, hairdressing and beauty, sport and uniformed services, hospitality and catering.

In in an exciting move, they will return on March 8 for a taster day to gain a real insight into life as a student at one of the country’s leading further education colleges.

Head teacher Peter King said: “This has been an invaluable exercise in showing our pupils just what is available for them in their own town. It has been a fabulous experience for them and they can’t wait to come back for a taster day.”

Darlington College marketing and engagement manager Claire Turner added: “Learning is a seamless journey for young people and it is never too soon to introduce pupils to the idea of further education and the workplace.

“It was also a useful session in breaking down the career stereotypes that often exist in society and I was delighted that many of the girls were interested in joining taster sessions in construction, including bricklaying, plumbing and carpentry, and engineering.”

For more information on opportunities at Darlington College visit www.darlington.ac.uk.

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