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Three Colleges Open Day is a success

This year’s Three Colleges Open Day has been hailed a success by students and teachers from across Herefordshire.

Herefordshire Council’s learning and curriculum team organised the third annual Three Colleges Open Day for over 1,200 year ten pupils from across the county, to allow them to access impartial careers guidance at Hereford Sixth Form College, Herefordshire College of Technology and Hereford College of Arts, which will help them make informed decisions about their career choices.

Kathryn Austin-Bailey, head of faculty for communications at Aylestone Business and Enterprise College, said: “The open day gives our students an opportunity to make informed decisions about their future.  It not only helps to inspire them but also gives them something to aim for.  It provides a positive experience for nervous students and is a good environment for them to be involved in.”

Amanda Pandeli from St David’s Centre in Hereford, said: “The open day is a big day for our small school and provides a huge challenge for our students, but the sense of achievement and the valuable interaction they gain with other students is simply wonderful.”

Mandy Davies, assistant principal at The Hereford Academy, said: “Our students are often the first in their family to attend further education and then university; we have a responsibility to raise our pupil’s aspirations and let them see what’s available to them.  At a time when they’re thinking about different career choices and college courses, the open day is a welcome event.”

15 year old Kyle Hopkins from Aylestone Business and Enterprise College, said: “I’ve really enjoyed the open day, as it’s let me see the courses on offer and what opportunities they could lead to after college.  The engineering workshop I attended has helped me realise that this is the course I wish to take.  It’s also been good to experience the college environment, rules and way of life.”