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Derby Pride Trust Conference Gave Year 5 Students a Taste of the Future

On Thursday 11th July, 350 year 5 students from the Derby Pride Trust primary schools came together at The University of Derby to take part in the Derby Pride Trust Year 5 Conference Day.

Hosted by the University of Derby and in run collaboration with Derby Moor Community Sports College and the primary schools, as partners in Derby Pride Trust, the event gave students a taster of the education that they will be going on to study at secondary school as well as inspiring them for the future. 

This is a great opportunity for our Year 5's to envisage their future and consider going to University as a positive future choice, removing the fear of the unknown.

In its second year, the conference specifically focused on how the subjects students will study in secondary school can lead them into a career path of their choice.

On arrival at the University of Derby, students from Griffe Field Primary, Dale Primary, Village Primary, Gayton Juniors and Alvaston Primary were given an introduction to the day’s events by Transition Manager at Derby Moor, Rhalina Hopkins..

Ms Hopkins describes the day as:

 A fantastic opportunity for year 5 students within the Derby Pride Trust to be inspired for their future. Not only will the year 5 students experience a day at the university, they will also gain a valuable insight into secondary school life through working alongside students and staff from Derby Moor.

The remainder of the morning saw the students split into groups, categorised by careers such as accountants, fashion designers and chefs, in order to take part in a variety of tailored classes taught in partnership by Derby Moor and primary school teachers.  Alongside taster lessons, students were supported and guided by Derby Moor’s team specially trained student Transition Mentors who were on hand to answer questions and assist year 5 students in each group throughout the day.



After a lunch-time picnic, all students were then given the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session before attending a whole group assembly which was delivered by the Executive Principal of Derby Moor and Derby Pride Trust, Trust Director Ms Wendy Whelan.

Anticipating an effective and worthwhile day, Ms Whelan comments:

One of the Trust’s aims is to work together to ensure that we provide a well-rounded education for all of our students – from primary to secondary, right the way through to university.  Events like this really highlight the benefit of working together as partners in Derby Pride Trust and  this year’s Year 5 Conference was just as successful and valuable to all involved as last year’s event – if not more so!