SCHOOL pupils from across Crewe will be given the opportunity to find out about higher education and the benefits it brings – straight from the horse’s mouth – when the Aimhigher Roadshow visits the area this week.

The Roadshow – the biggest of its kind in Europe - will be visiting Sir William Stanier Community School in Crewe this Friday, June 20, as part of a national campaign to encourage more young people from families with little or no experience of higher education to consider university. Taking place aboard a 27ft trailer, kitted out with wireless technology and comfy bean bags, the Roadshow is hosted by a recent graduate who will give pupils an insight into what higher education is really like and the different options available.

The state-of-the-art Roadshow trailer proves a popular alternative to the traditional classroom environment, with feedback from last year’s tour revealing a 57% positive shift in pupils’ attitudes towards higher education following the experience.

Recent graduate, Georgina Aspinall, lives in Bolton and studied a degree in Drama at Lancaster St Martin’s University. She explains: “At the Aimhigher Roadshow our aim is to get the pupils to realise that higher education could be a real option for them.

"As well as my presentation, they will also see a film about university life and spend time on laptops to look at the different routes to university, be it A-levels or vocational courses, such as Diplomas.

"I hope when they leave the Roadshow they won’t be afraid to ‘aim high’!”