Gower College Swansea recently organised a special event for Year 10 pupils from secondary schools across Swansea.
The launch of the Welsh Government’s Seren Foundation programme at the Liberty Stadium enabled almost 400 young people to find out more about the range of higher education options they could explore after they complete their A Levels.
“At Gower College Swansea, we feel it’s really important to plant the seed early in the minds of these pupils – that going on to a top university really is within their grasp if they apply themselves,” says Dean of Faculty Ruth Prosser.
Among the guest speakers was former Gower College Swansea student Daniel Powell, who is now Head of Outreach at New College, Oxford. Daniel talked about his own learning journey, his personal ups and downs, and the inspirational teachers that helped shape him along the way. His key message to the pupils was simply, ‘be yourself, and believe in yourself.”
“It’s really important that these pupils start to explore all their choices as early as possible,” adds the College’s Oxbridge lead tutor Felicity Padley. “Having current and former Gower College Swansea students at the event to share their experiences and answer questions was a great way for them to find out more. It was also a fantastic opportunity for them to meet representatives from universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Cardiff and Bath.”
Eleven students from Gower College Swansea have been offered a place to study at Oxford or Cambridge University in 2019, six of whom were in attendance at the Liberty Stadium event.