On Wednesday 12th July 2017 we were thrilled to have the first event of the Through the Eyes of Boys project take place. After focus groups in April and a launch event for parents in May, young men interested in taking part in the project completed registration forms ahead of this first visit.
38 students from Kings Leadership Academy, the Academy of St Francis of Assisi and Enterprise South Liverpool Academy attended the event, which was a visit to the University of Chester. After meeting up at the University of Liverpool and getting a chance to meet students from other schools we visited the University of Chester campus and students were able to take part in an interactive pathways game including a segment called ‘Game of Throws’, and go on a campus tour around the Parkgate Road campus.
The students involved really enjoyed the pathways game, showing some impressive knowledge about student finance and their options post-16 and after a lunch together with some of the University of Chester student ambassadors, we headed to Chester town centre to go on a walking tour of the city, which gave students a chance to see an alternative university city while also getting to know other students on the project. The walking tour really thrilled two of the students; a future photographer and architect really enjoyed the chance to photograph the Roman city walls and medieval rows.
The visit day was a great success with lots of the students commenting how much they’d enjoyed visiting a university and city they had no prior experience of and we’re pleased that so many of the students are already looking ahead to the next parts of the project.
An additional visit to a Shaping Futures university partner will take place in September for the schools who weren’t able to attend today, or schools who are new to the project, ahead of the Through the Eyes of Boys trip to London in October half term.