Theatre and the Arts was the theme for this year’s Black Country Aimhigher University Summer School, run in conjunction with the Arena Theatre.
Around 300 10 and 11-year-olds from schools across the Black Country took part in the jam-packed two week sessions. The Year Six pupils were involved in a range of activities including tasks related to theatre production and how a modern theatre works. They also learnt how business and technology are important to today’s theatres.
The work prepared by the students was presented as a live performance in front of a large theatre audience including parents and teachers.
Project Manager, Tracy Davies, said: “Events such as these are important for raising awareness of the full range of options for young people in higher education. The educational decisions they make in the next few years will shape their lives. The teachers and careers advisors do a lot of work to support learners but being told about University is not the same as experiencing it for themselves.”
The performances were attended by Ian Hart, Associate Dean for Schools and College Partnerships. He said: “The University of Wolverhampton is committed to working with schools, colleges and Aimhigher to increase aspirations for higher education and is delighted with the wonderful self-assured performances created by these young primary schoolchildren. They achieved a very high standard and clearly demonstrated that the Black Country has got lots of talent.”