On 25th September, the third and final visit of the Green Apples programme took place at York St. John University for All Saints RC School pupils.
The Green Apples programme is a collaborative initiative between York’s two universities, Askham Bryan and York College. They work with students identified as having potential to go to university but come from backgrounds where they may be the first generation to go into Higher Education and would benefit from additional guidance.
All Saints students begin the Green Apples programme in Year 9 with a visit to York University, learning about the benefits of higher education and further study.
In Year 10, they experience taster sessions of different subjects offered by the University, a tour of the campus, visit the student accommodation and spend some time in the Students Union to briefly experience university life.
The final visit in Year 11 is focused on what it takes to progress into higher education and how decisions made now can impact on future choices after the students leave All Saints.
The Green Apples programme is one of many ways All Saints prepares its students for life beyond school.
Teacher Sharon Bilton said, “At All Saints we aim to prepare our students for their future through academic excellence and a strong focus on pastoral care. Throughout the year we deliver careers education and information. This includes a range of activities across all year groups, from our Year 8s entering a national NHS competition on careers in the NHS, Year 9s considering their GCSE options, Year 10s taking part in a careers fair to Year 11s having a taster day in January which helps them decide what they want to do post 16. This is supplemented with a careers adviser to provide tailored, one to one advice and guidance to our students.”