Noel Baker visit to Derby College

Year 10 students from Noel Baker LEAD Academy visited Derby College to have a look around Broomfield Hall and The Roundhouse.  They had a tour of the facilities and the numerous courses available at each campus, with the aim being to enable students to get an insight into college life and to learn about what courses they might be able to study after school.

Prior to the visit students had been exploring the various post 16 options available to them.  Some of them had made their mind up that they were going to apply next year and others didn’t really know what they would do yet.  The session prior to the college visit was spent preparing; what did they expect, what areas of college would they like to see and quite importantly what kind of questions were they going to ask.  All of the students were motivated and excited for the trip.

Throughout the tour of the campuses students were given lots of information about student life, the facilities available and what to expect.  Students had the opportunity to look around both the Johnson and Hudson buildings where some of the vocational courses took place such as motor vehicle, plastering and joinery, some of the Tutors offered information and answered questions too.  Students were impressed by the facilities and the amount of practical hands on experience they would get, in addition to the classroom based learning. 

At Broomfield Hall the students couldn’t believe the variety of courses available from football to farming to agriculture to animal care! Throughout the tour students were completely engaged, listening well and asking lots of questions.  Their favourite experience was the animal care area where they saw wallabies, meercats, reptiles, llamas and much more!  A number of students expressed an interest in an animal care course because they were so inspired by the work they saw and the opportunities available to them.  Up until this visit they hadn’t even considered this vocational area as an option.

One student said, “It’s not what I thought it would be – it felt really different from school and I liked it.  It made me feel grown up and I could be more independent.  The variety of courses is huge though, I’m not sure how I’m going to choose.”