Graduation day comes early for quartet of schoolgirls

Posted on 28th March 2010
High school pupils from Ellesmere Port got a taste of higher education life when they helped to organise two major events at the University of Chester.
It was very enjoyable, I learnt many different skills and responsibilities in the Business School
Sophie Eagan
Year 10 pupils Lauren Giddens, Isobelle Barrett, Sophie Eagan and Amy Hughes, from The Whitby High School, on Sycamore Drive, spent their two-week work experience placements at the University in the lead up to graduation and the High Sheriff's Award for Enterprise.

Lauren and Isobelle spent their time working alongside staff in the University's Graduation Office carrying out clerical and administrative duties and helping to organise the spring graduation ceremonies.

Meanwhile, Sophie was posted at the University's Chester Business School and Amy with The Faculty of Business, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning where they helped with student assignment administration and contributed towards the annual High Sheriff Awards ceremony which took place on Wednesday, March 24.

The four schoolgirls, all aged 15, were all involved behind the scenes throughout the three graduation ceremonies at Chester Cathedral and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Lauren said: "'Working at the University was a great experience, I enjoyed working with the staff and helping out on graduation day at Chester Cathedral. It has now motivated me to work hard at school and go to university and live life as a student."

Sophie said: "It was very enjoyable, I learnt many different skills and responsibilities in the Business School."

Amy said: "This has inspired me to carry on to further education and then go to university, especially after my campus tour - it sounds like it is great fun."

Isobelle added: "I have been very lucky getting such a wonderful placement. I had the best experience of my life - it really gave me a great taster into events management. I now can't wait to start at university myself."

"The girls came into the office at a particularly busy time and they fitted very well into the team, while learning what was needed to prepare for such a prestigious event.

Anthony Parker, Deputy Bursar, said: "All four were very helpful to staff, students and guests at the ceremonies. We hope their experience will inspire them to continue through to higher education."


Pictured Above:

The Whitby High School pupils Lauren Giddens, Isobelle Barrett, Sophie Eagan and Amy Hughes pictured at Chester Cathedral on graduation day with the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, Bishop of Chester, Dr Dorothy Marriss, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Chester and David Stevens, University Secretary and Bursar.