Decision time for students

PUPILS in Daventry are exploring their options when it comes to higher education with five opting for a more hands on route than the lecture halls at university.

The Daventry Express caught up with students from the first sixth form class set to complete their A-Levels at the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Villaget.

Crystal Burnett, 18, from the Southbrook Estate said: “I would like to be a teacher but think the best way to do that is through the school as a learning support assistant to get some hands-on experience.”

Similarly Jack Bailey, 18, from Woodford Halse is opting for experience over academia.

He said: “I hope to spend the summer working in America doing football coaching. It should give me some experience as I want to go into physiotherapy eventually.”

Jack said the £9,000-a-year university fees don’t put him off but that the option to work abroad appeals to him more.

Cerri Westill, 18, from Daventry is yet to decide whether university is for him. He said: “I would like to do something in sports media but think I will take a year out first to take a break from education and save some money. Doing the right course is the most important thing to me to me.”

A total of 35 out of 51 pupils in the DSLV’s year 13 class will be going to university in September, that’s 67 per cent.

Others have opted for college. Eiron Anthony, 17, said: “I think college will be more hands-on and better for me than university. I struggle with dyslexia and think college work better for me.”

Whereas Lauran Currivan,17, wants to tailor her career around a love of gymnastics and is unsure whether uni will be for her just yet.

Director of 14-19 partnerships and achievement Matt Ellis said: “There were many students who could have gone to university, some wanted a gap year, a few were put off by the costs and some have apprenticeships but we are very excited to have students that we have seen through 7 years of education on their way.”

The students at DSLV said they felt supported whichever option they have chosen.