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West Norfolk University Challenge Conference returns

Students in the lecture theatre at the CWA University Centre, listening to a presentation as part of West Norfolk University Challenge Conference 2018

Published: Tuesday, 13th February 2018

High-achieving students from across west Norfolk gathered on 8 February for a one-day event to tackle exciting challenges in Science, Maths and English, and get a taste of life in higher education.

Believed to be the only event of its kind in the county, this second West Norfolk University Challenge Conference will build on the success of the first, held in 2017. The aim of the conference is to build the confidence of the students involved, and inspire them to achieve the best results possible in their GCSEs this summer.

The West Norfolk University Challenge Conference is organised by John Hirst of the West Norfolk Academies Trust and head teachers in the area, with help from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk (which gave a contribution to the event), The College of West Anglia, Norfolk County Council and the nine schools involved. The conference is an example of the partnership working of these organisations, the aim of which is to raise the aspirations of all the students in the area.

During the event, 120 Year 10 students, who have been selected from all the nine high schools in west Norfolk, were set interactive tasks and worked together in mixed school groups to tackle problems within strict time limits.

A group of students work on a problem at the West Norfolk University Challenge Conference 2018, watched by a teacher   Two students enjoy working on a problem at a desk as part of the West Norfolk University Challenge Conference 2018



The students also heard motivational talks from two speakers, and the winning teams were presented with medals at the end of the day by the Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Carol Bower.

Cllr Carol Bower presents a student with a certificate at the West Norfolk University Challenge Conference 2018

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