Each year a group of students who have the potential to access Higher Education, but do not have a family tradition of going to university, are given the opportunity to join an aspiration-raising programme at the University of Sheffield. Discover US aims to help young people find out what being a university student is really like whilst developing the skills necessary to be successful at university and in life. They are invited to the University three times each year during Year 9, 10 and 11 and take part in mini lectures, subject tasters and explore different courses and careers.
In July, the Year 10 students took part in an overnight residential stay in the University’s student accommodation with lots of opportunities to develop team working, problem solving and communication skills in student life activities and an enterprise challenge.
Kirk Balk Academy are proud to share that two students were awarded ‘Star Student’ by their Student Ambassador for the two days, showing great initiative and team work. The Discover US Team commented, “we had nine groups that day and nine students awarded, so to say the school received two is amazing and just shows how fantastic your students were on the event.”
Star Student, Hayden Morris said: “I have really enjoyed taking part in the Discover US programme and especially enjoyed the residential. It has been a great experience to meet new people that I have never met before.”