Friary students sampled university life with a visit to the prestigious University of Birmingham.

Twenty Year 10 students took part in a campus visit which included a tour, meeting undergraduate students and asking them about their routes to university, and a myth-busting presentation on finances and entry requirements.

The day ended with a group competition, a Dragon’s Den-style pitch.

Around half of all young people go to university and, while it is not the best option for everyone, it’s important that students know all the options that are available to them. On average, university graduates are estimated to earn double what non-graduates earn.

Mr Drury, Assistant Headteacher, said: “The students learnt that good GCSE results can open up a clear path to university, with all the opportunities that brings – academic, financial and social. It was powerful that this message came from the undergraduate students we met, and Friary students enjoyed quizzing them about university life and how to get there.”