Year 10-11 activities

The Widening Access Team has a variety of evidence-informed in-school and on-site workshops and Experience Days to support your students. All activities have been matched to the Gatsby Benchmarks and many can be adapted around your school timetable. Please view our offer below for Year 7-9 and get in touch with your Widening Access contact if you would like to book any of our events.

Events at the University

Dates: Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 June 2023

Year group: 10

Location: Kedleston Road and Markeaton Street, Derby

Length of event: Two full days

Description: This two-day non-residential summer school gives male students the opportunity to experience the academic and social sides of university, working with positive male role models to inspire them to aspire to higher education.

Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 2, 7

Delivery method: On-campus

Find out more about our next HE Can Summer School

Dates: Tuesday 18 July to Thursday 20 July 2023

Year group: 10

Location: University of Derby 

Length of event: Three full days

Description: The Year 10 Residential Summer School is an exciting 3-day event held at the University of Derby campus. Students will work with staff and student ambassadors to experience life at university whilst taking part in subject-taster sessions, team-building activities, inspirational talks, and a graduation ceremony.

Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 2, 7

Delivery method: On-campus

Find out more about our Year 10 Summer School

Date: Negotiable

Year group: 10

Location: Derby Campus or Chesterfield

Length of session: Full day

Description: Your students will have the opportunity to see what university is like, learn more about university life, look around our facilities and meet our current students. The day is also available to smaller groups at our Markeaton Street site, home to our arts, engineering, and technology courses.

Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 2, 7

Delivery method: On-campus

Contact to book your place on a Year 10 Experience Day. 

Activities in school

Date: Negotiable

Year groups: 10 or 11

Location: In school

Length of session: 1 hour

Description: This workshop focuses on supporting your students with their mental and physical wellbeing. It also provides advice on how they can look after themselves in the run-up to their GCSEs, helping them to manage exam anxiety.

Learning outcome: 3

Gatsby benchmarks: 2, 7

Delivery method: In school or online

Contact to book a Wellbeing Works session. 

Date: Negotiable

Year Group: all years

Location: Negotiable

Length of session: Negotiable

Description: The team are always happy to come along to HE fairs, parents evenings, and options evenings to talk to your students and their families about university. If you have any events you would like us to attend, please get in touch.

Learning outcomes: 1, 5

Gatsby Benchmarks: 2, 7, 5, 8

Delivery method: In school, online, or pre-recorded

If you would like to invite the Widening Access team to your HE fair or Options evening please contact us at

year 11 pupils receiving additional maths support

Really detailed session with a lot of crucial and relevant information. Overall, a great session - thank you.

Teacher, Landau Forte College Derby
Y10 Wellbeing Works

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Our on-campus, in-school, and virtual activities provide key information about higher education and alternative progression routes. They have been designed to support attainment, channel aspiration and help students make informed decisions about their future.

Contact us at to book an activity.