Hats off and aim higher!

06 July 2005

Hats off and aim higher!

YOUNGSTERS from Aston Tower Community Primary School in Aston enjoyed a special day at Aston University on Tuesday 5 July when they attended their very own graduation ceremony. Some were graduating from nursery and going on to their first year of primary school, others were year 6 leavers going up to secondary school, and others were being awarded special prizes for achievement after being nominated by their teachers.

Nine student volunteers from Aston University have been working with the children for the last year through the ACE (Active Community Engagement) and Student Tutoring Schemes on activities including a variety of sports and assisting in the classroom. Students involved in the scheme come from all years of university study.

The University works closely with schools in Birmingham to raise young people's aspirations to higher education and has a long track record in widening participation activities. This is the 15th year that the Student Tutoring scheme has been running and the 4th year for the ACE scheme. This year alone the University placed some 200 volunteers in local schools through the two schemes.

James Ringer, who is the Student Volunteer Co-ordinator at Aston, said: 'Aston University is very pleased to be working with young people through our two widening participation schemes and we are proud that many go on to consider university education. We wanted to make the day as special as possible for the children and they all seemed to enjoy their graduation!''

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Written by Sally Hoban. For further information please contact me on 0121 204 4552 or email: s.l.hoban@aston.ac.uk

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