Year 7 students were encouraged to raise their aspirations as members of the Excellence Academy visited the University of Birmingham.
The trip gave youngsters a chance to experience university, find out more from current students and receive important advice and guidance to help them make informed decisions about their future.
Mr O’Keeffe, who led the trip, said: “It might seem a bit early for students to be considering their next steps when 18 is some six years away, but we are keen for university to be a firm option for them when the time comes. We want to make sure our youngsters feel they can make aspirational decisions for their future. The choices they make throughout school could affect their options for further education and they need to be aware of that. It was a brilliant day and the students really enjoyed themselves.”
Excellence Academy student Matthew Prole said: “I loved that the university was like a small community and there was everything you could possibly need on campus, the experience has given me a real taste for what life would be like studying at university”
His views were echoed by Bryanna Kanga, who said: “Before I used to think university was boring but, after experiencing it for myself first hand, it made me realise how exciting university could be and it is definitely something I want to do myself in the future”