The GROWS partnership is starting to see success stories with a number of young people achieving places at university after working with the project.
Romana is one of a number of young people who have worked with GROWS, an Office for Students funded partnership of six Gloucestershire universities and colleges who aim to encourage young people to explore the world of higher education and make informed decisions about their futures. Working with a range of schools in the region GROWS provides impartial information, activities, events and guides to support young people and their parents in making sense of the options available to them.
Pupils from years 9 to 13 have accessed a range of activities including days on campus to explore university life and gain insight into areas such as student life, and student finance as well as subject tasters ranging from sport, computing, a range of creative areas, animal science and engineering to a CSI style day where pupils have to solve the mystery of a dead body over 3 days using forensic techniques.
Becky Tomkins, GROWS Project Lead said:
‘'Over the last two years, hundreds of pupils from local schools have taken part in our activities to encourage young people to aim a little higher with their future ambitions. Many of these young people may have never considered university level study as being a potential educational pathway before or if they have, which universities they can go to. Now the project is in its third full year of delivery we are seeing young people and their parents exploring a wider range of career options as well as making more informed choices beyond their GCSEs.”