Collyer’s students help the next generation


Though enjoying a well earned Summer break, this year’s secondary school leavers will, no doubt, have spent a moment or two anxiously thinking about the dreaded results day in just a few weeks’ time. Soon after, many will embark on a new adventure – college.

Collyer’s students Amy Knight and Mae Holmes supported their last event, last month, as College Ambassadors. The Post 16 Fair at Millais was their final presentation, after a successful 2 years being part of a team of student ambassadors who have travelled to post 16 option events, across the region, to help the next generation of students with their options.

The students kindly volunteered to give up their spare time to help pupils to make informed choices. Collyer’s student Amy Knight, who having completed her A-levels is now set to pursue a career in teaching, said: “Being a Collyer’s Ambassador has been really rewarding. It has given me a fantastic opportunity to speak to pupils and parents, to give them the full flavour of Collyer’s life from a student perspective!”

Mae Holmes, who after working for a year is set to study at Loughborough University in 2018, said: “Collyer’s has been brilliant for me and it’s been a privilege to talk to pupils and parents about the opportunities I’ve had. This was my chance to give something back!”

The Collyer’s Ambassadors share a passion to help the next generation to understand the road into further education at the Ofsted Outstanding sixth form college and are studying subjects right across the broad range of academic and vocational subjects and levels offered at Collyer’s.

Amy: “It was fitting that Mae and I finish our time as ambassadors back at Millais, which is an excellent school where we both enjoyed good times as pupils.” Mae added: “I wish Chloe Gardiner and Mollie Higgins, first year Collyer’s Ambassadors who also supported today’s event, every success with the rest of the team next year! Amy and I will certainly miss it!”

Vice Principal Steve Martell said: “The aim of supporting Post 16 options events is to help pupils begin the smooth transition from school to Collyer’s. Amy and Mae and our whole team of Collyer’s Ambassadors genuinely care about the next generation and we are incredibly proud of them.”

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