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‘Ask The Students’ Platform Will Encourage Others To Take Their Next Steps In Education


Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College Year 12 students, Josh Wilkins, 17, and Pola Tarasewicz, 16, with the new ‘Ask The Students’ platform which will help prospective students to make their choices. 


Year 11 students unsure of their next steps can take advantage of a new online ‘Ask The Students’ platform launched by Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College this week.

Who better to answer questions about life at Sixth Form College - which for some can feel like a daunting step up from school - than the students who are already experiencing it? 

‘Ask The Students,' which is available on this website, allows prospective students to send in their questions by email and gain a response from current Year 12 students via social media videos. They will be notified personally when their answer is published on Twitter.

An initial test period has proved very popular with Year 11 pupils, including those who have already made up their minds about their next destination but are still looking for the answers to questions about what Sixth Form life will be like.

Simon Ritchie, Head of Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College, said: “We have a fantastic cohort of Year 12 students at the college who are very enthusiastic about sharing their personal experiences of college life with others. 

“These students have come to us from secondary schools right across the region and there is no-one better to tell it how it is. We are confident that they will provide honest and helpful replies to any questions that the prospective students have for them, whether that is about our courses or the social aspects of college life. Their answers will be recorded on video and released regularly via social media so that others can also see them.

“This is something that universities utilise well, and when we approached our Year 12 students they were very happy to get involved and use their experience to reassure others to follow in their footsteps. We currently have 120 Year 12 students and we are confident that every one of them can be called upon to give an honest insight into college life at Tollbar.”

Year 12 student Ollie Muggridge (16) agreed. He said: “Although I already had a good idea about joining Tollbar Sixth Form from the Open Evening, I think this will be a real added bonus to know the students opinions directly from them. It will be ‘well I am going to be in their shoes next year so it would be good to know what they are feeling,’ and there is such a good community spirit here.”

Isabella Glasson (17), added: “This platform would definitely have taken some of the worries away for me. It is a bit daunting moving to Sixth Form. All of your friends are going to different places and there is a lot of pressure to make sure you choose the right subjects. I think this would definitely have made it a lot less daunting. It seems like a big make or break question of where to go, and I think talking to people who are actually already here can solidify whether or not you want to come here as well.”


Year 12 students Ollie Muggridge, 16, and Isabella Glasson, 17, show off the new ‘Ask The Students’ platform at Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College.

Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College launches its new 'Ask The Students' section of the website, where prospective students can ask current Year 12 students questions about anything to do with the college. Ready to answer questions are, from rear left, Keisha Oldroyd, 16, originally from Louth Academy; Becky Boyd, 16, originally from Tollbar Academy; Kyle McLoughlin, 16, originally from Louth Academy; Faith Nicol, 16, originally from Tollbar Academy; Josh Wilkins, 17, originally from Humberston Academy. Front from left are: Ollie Muggridge, 16; Antonette Ndlovu, 16; Pola Tarasewicz, 16; and Isabella Glasson, 17, all originally from Tollbar Academy.





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