Local School Children Experience the Art of College Life

Wyvern Academy pupil Alfie Allen, 13, creates a Barbara Hepworth-style work of art during a taster session at Darlington College.

SCHOOLCHILDREN were shown the art of college life as they explored the opportunities offered by further education.

Around 100 Year 9 pupils from Wyvern Academy visited Darlington College to gain an insight into student life and the prospects available after securing their GCSEs.

Darlington College lecturers took them on a tour of curriculum areas including art and design, catering, construction, IT and computing, public services, health and social care, hairdressing and beauty therapy.

They were able to experience the respective subjects, examine the college’s state of the art equipment and question lecturers and college students.

For Alfie Allen, it was the first time he had visited the college. “I’m amazed how big it is,” said the 13-year-old, who visited the art and design department, creating a sculpture in the modernist style of celebrated Wakefield artist Barbara Hepworth. “I enjoy drawing insects and working in the Japanese-style of Anime and I think the college looks like it’s a great facility.”

Head teacher of Wyvern Academy Julian Leader said: “We are blessed in Darlington with some incredible further education provision. It offers our students amazing life chances and gives them direction in their studies at school.”

Darlington College’s marketing and engagement manager Claire Turner said: “It is always a pleasure to show young people what we have to offer, which often inspires them in their school work and increases their aspirations.”

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