It was amazing to bring Future Leaders from 14 schools at the University of Bath for our four-day residential. In our first residential since the pandemic, Future Leaders were encouraged to connect with one another and delve into their group research projects.
Gaby Sumner, Chief Executive said:
"Residentials have long been a cornerstone of Villiers Park so we were delighted to re-launch them with four days at the University of Bath for Year 10s. Future Leaders were able to experience life on this fabulous university campus first-hand, meet student ambassadors and each other, and take time to consider future pathways whether that’s study, apprenticeships or both. Our coaching approach means we will continue to support these Future Leaders throughout Year 10 and Year 11, opening up further opportunities and supporting the application of new skills and knowledge back in the classroom”.
Some of our Tyneside Future Leaders said:
“It’s a really nice break from routine, compared to regular education where you are doing the same things. It’s nice to still learn but be in a new environment”.
“The nights staying away, being thrown together and being in a different setting makes it easier to connect with other people”.
We were joined by volunteers from Sopra Steria and Nationwide, who shared their own experiences and pathways, including non-linear career paths that have led to the discovery of new opportunities.
In between tours, talks and workshops, Future Leaders were hard at work putting together a research project on a specific course area which interested them. They were tasked with mapping out different career options at post 16 or post 18 and creating a poster board. Students were in mixed groups across all hubs and worked brilliantly together to present their findings.
Alex Grant, Assistant Director Villiers Park said:
“The residential was so much fun, but more importantly, the Future Leaders had an experience that will inform their coaching conversations and future choices”
A big thank you to everyone who helped to make the residential possible! It was generously supported by the University of Bath and Essex Community Foundation, and we were delighted to welcome volunteers from corporate partner Sopra Steria. Special thanks to the teachers from our partner schools and colleges, who gave their time and support to make this an unforgettable week!