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January 4, 2022
Leeds West Academy student on the extracurricular programme.

Enrichment programme launched to boost Year 7 pupils’ career aspirations

700 pupils from Leeds City Academy, Leeds East Academy and Leeds West Academy are participating in the Year 7 programme, whereby curriculum staff members from Leeds Sixth Form College and Leeds City College host practical and academic sessions in order to raise aspirations of the pupils.

This year, some activities are being delivered in partnership with the Leeds United Foundation, focusing on confidence building and resilience. The overall initiative aims to enhance future employability prospects for pupils by offering a diverse range of extra curricular activities in areas such as science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), sport, digital technologies, business, art, music, dance, creative styling and food production.

The programme gives students the opportunity to walk in the shoes of a university student, as they will be invited to a graduation ceremony at the University of Leeds in June.

Rachael Booth, Principal at Leeds Sixth Form College, said: “This pioneering programme not only enriches the lives of pupils by embedding a culture of enterprise, personal development and independent thinking, but also reflects the priorities of the Leeds City Region. We’re striving to foster the next generation of skilled individuals, who will play a key role in boosting the local economy in priority areas, such as STEM and digital.

“Data shows that participation in extracurricular activities can positively impact a pupil’s attainment, self-confidence and resilience. Therefore, we’re dedicated to bridging the current attainment gap by creating a level playing field of opportunity for students from all backgrounds.”

As part of the programme, school pupils attend the sessions once a week and can accrue praise stamps in recognition of their achievements leading to the final graduation next year.