Emma Bridgewater Outreach Event

Emma Bridgewater Outreach Event

The Master of St Catz, Professor Roger Ainsworth, led an outreach event in conjunction with pottery boss, Emma Bridgewater, at three schools in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday 1st October. The aim of the event was to raise pupils’ aspirations and inspire them to aim for leading universities. Emma Bridgewater explained: “Stoke-on-Trent is a fantastic city but I want kids to go out and see the world. They can then bring their experiences back to the city.”

25 high achieving GCSE students from Stoke Studio College, Discovery Academy and Excel Academy were invited to attend the event at the Discovery Academy, which included a talk from the Master and a question and answer session.

Speaking of the event, the Master commented: “We find it really important at St Catherine’s to get involved with outreach events and school visits to ensure students are well-informed about applying to and studying at Oxford University. I hope that through this event I was able to give students a taste of life at St Catz and Oxford and inspire them to reach their potential.”

As the second most improved school in Stoke, Discovery Academy is committed to ensuring its students are adequately informed about the option of Higher Education. Excel Academy is one of the highest performing secondary schools in the city, with 60% students achieving 5A*-C including Maths and English. Working in partnership with the Studio College, they are offering a range of A Levels and vocational qualifications designed to take students to the next stage of their education and assist them on to university or apprenticeships.

Executive Principal of the Academy, John Patino, praised the event, noting how feedback from students had been extremely positive and the event had really helped them consider their post-18 options.