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Widening Horizons Plymouth
Widening Horizons is an innovative project developed by the Millfields Trust in conjunction with the six local primary schools located within the Stonehouse neighbourhood of Plymouth.
The project was established to raise levels of aspirations and subsequently the levels of attainment in all participants and open doors to possible career areas that were not previously considered. The work will support and enable students to explore new and challenging learning experiences with visits to a number of different venues spread across the city and further afield.
The benefits of learning outside the classroom are many and widely acknowledged. Young people benefit from real life experiences where they can see, hear, touch and explore the world around them and have the opportunity to experience challenge and adventure. They need to find out how what they learn in school relates to their life outside it and to the world around them and the Widening Horizons project plays a significant part in supporting these sentiments.
Examples of venues pupils have visited:
City College, BBC Southwest, Radio Plymouth, Diggin’ it, Shark Trust, Clannamation, Plymouth Arts Centre, Cite Restaurant, City of Plymouth Museum, Callington Space Centre, Devon and Cornwall Police Dog Team, Eden Project, National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth Music Zone, Princess Yachts, University of Southampton (School of Computing & Mathematics) and University of Plymouth (School of Computing & Mathematics).
If you would like to contribute towards the Widening Horizons programme please contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org
Quotes from participating schools & pupils about their experience
'You might like to know that one pupil, who has been adamant that he never wants to get a job, just like his mum cos you get money anyway, commented on the way back, that he would like to work at the aquarium'
Sue Jones, Head Teacher at Pilgrim Primary
'I've never seen Ethan so happy and full of joy. He really enjoyed the experience. This is what Widening Horizons is all about'
John Lynch, Head Teacher at High Street Primary
'A brilliant opportunity for our students'
TA, Eden Project
'It was probably the best experience I have ever had'
Studen, Eden Project
'Wow! What a day!
TA, Plymouth University
'The best trip I have ever been on' Student
'This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to see behind the scenes. It was an educational experience that the staff and children will not forget'
TA, National Marine Aquarium
'Thank you so much for organising such a brilliant year, the children have really enjoyed their experiences'
Jill Braid, St George’s Primary