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Invite and Inspire: Bishop’s Stortford College lays on workshops for primary pupils to spark their curiosity and build their confidence





Bishop’s Stortford College opened its doors to Year 5 primary pupils as part of a new academic enrichment programme.

The initiative, called Invite and Inspire, was enjoyed by 42 children from 15 schools. It was developed to enable them to explore subjects they are passionate about in a series of free half-day workshops run by college staff and supported by a number of sixth-form students.

The sessions included experimental approaches to drawing, creating comic book characters, maths, music and science, and were designed to inspire creativity, critical thinking and collaboration.

Invite and Inspire workshop at Bishop's Stortford College
Invite and Inspire workshop at Bishop's Stortford College

The college’s assistant head (partnerships), Emma Bowater, said: “It was wonderful that so many local children were able to join us for our first Invite and Inspire workshops. Feedback has been really positive, with 91% of parents saying they are likely to recommend the programme and many commenting on how enjoyable their children found the experience.

“The workshops were developed to spark intellectual curiosity and build confidence, empowering children to embrace new opportunities. They also contribute to the enhancement of social skills, promoting a supportive community.”

The college also hosted a free design and technology (DT) “teach meet” for six primary teachers. It was run by John Trant, who is head of DT at the Maze Green Road independent school.

Invite and Inspire workshop at Bishop's Stortford College
Invite and Inspire workshop at Bishop's Stortford College

Further Invite and Inspire workshops for Year 5 and 6 children and DT “teach meet” sessions will run on March 2, May 18 and June 22.

Invite and Inspire workshop at Bishop’s Stortford College
Invite and Inspire workshop at Bishop’s Stortford College
Invite and Inspire workshop at Bishop’s Stortford College
Invite and Inspire workshop at Bishop’s Stortford College

For further information and to register, see bishopsstortfordcollege.org/about-us/our-community/invite-and-inspire.



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