“Where can Maths and English take me?” – Reach Partnership event for Year 8 students




On Wednesday 7th January, Loughborough University hosted an exciting day of activities for over 100 local Year 8 students focussing on the importance of English and Maths, not just in school but beyond into college, university and work.

The event was organised by WP staff from Loughborough University, De Montfort University and the University of Leicester supported by VESA 13-19 Education Support Agency. Sessions were delivered by academic staff and students from the three HEIs.

The schools which took part were Limehurst Academy [Loughborough], Woodbrook Vale School [Loughborough], Ibstock Community College, New College [Leicester], Fullhurst Community College[Leicester] and Babington Community College [Leicester].

The Year 8 students took part in three highly engaging and fun activities throughout the day which also illustrated how Maths and English are applied in a wide range of contexts. These included “Fishing for the Thief”, “Rocket through Maths and English” and a “Potted History of Maps”.

Feedback from students after the event included the following comments:

  • It has shown me the importance of English and Maths.
  • It makes me realise subject like English and Maths are important
  • I didn’t like Maths and English but now it seems more fun
  • I now know how English and Maths can affect your future
  • It makes me more excited to come to University and think about it more than I did before
  • I think it influenced me strongly and will help me in my future studies

Feedback from school staff who attended included:

  • I feel that the day was totally worthwhile and think that I would like to bring the same group of students back next year as year 9’s to share in a University experience day. They had so many questions for me about accommodation, student life etc. I feel they would benefit greatly from such a return visit .If you are planning a similar event in the future I would certainly be very keen to bring some students to participate.
  • The students thoroughly enjoyed the event and we would definitely like to take part again next year.
  • Please pass on my thanks to all of the members of staff who organised the event and led the sessions. It was very well organised.

This was the first time that our local HEIs had collaborated on planning and delivering such an event and with such positive feedback, hopefully we will be able to offer it again to local schools in the near future. If you have any questions about the event please contact Tim Farthing at VESA on