On Tuesday 14 January we welcomed over 80 Year 6 pupils to the College to participate in our Advance Programme Experience Day. Pupils came together from a range of schools across London and the South East for an enriching day designed to let us get to know prospective pupils in the round.
The day proved to be fun and exciting with pupils taking part in a written exercise, group discussions, a ‘Desert Island Discs’ activity and a tour of the College with Prefects. The pupils impressed staff with their enthusiasm for the various tasks and it was great to see some new friendships being formed. At the end of a busy day, parents were invited to join their children for tea where they had the opportunity to speak to staff and hear from Deputy Head Dr John Herbert.
Now in its third year, the Advance Programme has become a popular early entry route into Lancing. Pupils sit the ISEB Pre-Test at their current schools and are then invited to attend our Experience Day. Throughout the day, pupils participate in a range of individual and group-based activities which allow us to gain an understanding of their particular strengths and identify those with the greatest potential to excel at Lancing College.
We received lots of positive feedback from parents of pupils attending this year's Experience Day:
- Thank you for a super day. Well organised and at the correct level for my 10-year-old. My son was very nervous in the morning, but came out grinning.
- My son really enjoyed the day and said that it was good to meet people of the same age as him. He particularly liked doing the interviews with the teachers and looking at the site and all that Lancing has to offer.
- My daughter praised the gentleman she had the interview with by saying that he made her feel really comfortable and at ease, even sharing a few funny moments. She liked the different activities and had a chance to make new friends.
- From a parent point of view, when we arrived to collect my daughter, a member of staff greeted us and gave us a little bit of general feedback on her day. That was our first point of reassurance and a very nice touch. It was important to us that she felt secure and comfortable in a relaxed atmosphere and we really believe that this was achieved.
- The thing I have been most impressed with about Lancing, is it seems to be on a different path and doing things their own way. My son gave me positive feedback about the teachers he met and really enjoyed spending time with the teacher working with his group. This is opposed to the purely test/interview scenario, where he would have had little or no chance to interact with a number of teaching staff.
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