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Launch of Year 9 Aimhigher Programme

A group for Year 9 students have been given their first introduction to an exciting programme which will help them realise their educational and career dreams.

The Aimhigher event was launched by Sixth Form Vice Principal Avril Bartley-Smith, who gave a talk to a selected group of students in the small theatre this morning.

In total 36  Year 9 CBA students have been selected by the local education authority to be part of the Aim Higher programme, which is linked to all county schools.

The programme's mission is to make young people in Year 9 to 13 aware of the opportunities that are open to them and help introduce them to higher education.

As part of the programme students will be invited to events held at the University of Northampton and will take part in  careers sessions and revision workshops.

Mrs Bartley-Smith told the students: "This is an opportunity for you to have an introduction to higher education at an early age, and become aware of the possibilities out there.

"Research shows that students who go on to higher education are twice as likely to gain employment and the programme will provide a great insight into university life."

The students who have been selected by the scheme will have the option of whether they want to take part. Their parents will be invited in for an informal talk next week to discuss the programme.

The students who enter the programme will be able to continue with  it throughout years 10 and 11 and have the opportunity to attend a summer school.

Ellie Moore, said: "I had not considered going to university before, but after this morning's talk I have decided it is something  I would like to do.

"I will be taking part in the Aimhigher programme as it seems like a lot of fun."