Truro College was a hive of activity on Saturday as it opened its doors to thousands of students and parents looking to discover the multitude of outstanding opportunities available.
The campus buzzed with activities, talks and demonstrations as visitors scaled the heights of an outdoor climbing wall, improved their golf swings, became investigators at a crime scene and defended a castle in a virtual world.
At the heart of the day though was the important matter of the best future and education for people living across Cornwall.
Kerry and Mark Kitto, based in Padstow and Truro, attended with the aim of seeing what opportunities were available for their son Roan.
“My daughter is already here doing exercise and sports science and she really loves it,” Kerry said.
“We wanted to give Roan an idea about how many more opportunities are available at the College.”
Roan, who attends Truro School, is a keen county and Penzance rugby player, and was looking forward to the Academy Talk that took place on the Open Day.
“I’m also looking at art and design-based subjects, but the whole day is really good and it’s opened my eyes to what’s around.”
It proved a busy day for the College’s sports department, with budding athletes keen to learn more about the unrivalled facilities and unsurpassed associations with the likes of the Chelsea FC Foundation and Exeter Chiefs Rugby.
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) departments were exceptionally popular, with an endless stream of future scientists, engineers and mathematicians testing out industry-standard equipment, battling robots and exploring the world of virtual reality.
Purpose-built workshops in the Seaton building were inundated with visitors interested in all things construction and engineering. They had the chance to try out the facilities themselves with taster sessions in plastering, carpentry, brickwork and vehicle maintenance.
And the music department was note perfect as it showcased its onsite recording studios and performance areas. Visitors were even able to coordinate their own stage light show using state-of-the-art equipment.
College principal David Walrond said the Open Day had “once again demonstrated the desire for parents and carers to secure the very best education and opportunities for their children.
“These events are essential in combatting the decline in quality guidance about post-16 options. The opportunity to spend a day speaking to staff, advisors and current pupils is priceless.
“There was also great interest in the university courses available through the College in the Fal building and we had many people apply for places at Callywith College, which is opening in September 2017.”
The College will open its doors once again on Thursday December 1 between 5pm and 8pm.
Lecturers will once again be on hand to discuss options with students and parent/carers, and a host of activities and refreshment options will make it another exciting and informative event.
To find out more please visit www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/events