Gareth Thomas MP University and Apprenticeships Fair
Gareth Thomas MP University and Apprenticeships Fair

Monday, February 26th from 3-6pm – Whitmore High School will be hosting its sixth annual University Fair, organised by Gareth Thomas MP. Open to all students from across Harrow, this Fair follows the success of Thomas’s fourth annual Careers Fair with Rooks Heath School, which saw hundreds of students in attendance speaking with Harrow businesses and employers.

The University Fair is one of the only events in Harrow’s calendar where local Harrow state schools have the opportunity to engage with 30 of the UK’s leading universities including Oxbridge. Harrow has excellent schools with an estimated 63% of local school students going onto Higher Education. Until seven years ago there wasn’t an opportunity within the borough of Harrow for these students to speak with representatives of the leading UK Universities prior to submitting their UCAS applications. This year, alongside the universities, there will be a number of excellent companies present to discuss apprenticeship schemes with students!

All the big private schools across the country organise their own University Fairs giving their students a significant advantage in the UCAS process as well as ensuring that they have all the information necessary to make the decision that will define their future for at least the next three to four years if not longer. With this event, Thomas and Whitmore want to even out the playing field a little to provide our school students with some of the same opportunities as their privately educated peers.

Alongside the selection of leading Universities and businesses talking to students about what their universities can offer them, the Fair will also be hosting a series of five key talks on Applying to Oxbridge, studying Medicine/Dentistry, Student Finance, STEM Careers and Degrees via apprenticeships (sponsored degrees). This will be a welcome addition to the already stellar work Harrow’s local schools have provided in ensuring their students are informed and prepared for the decision they will eventually make.

Thomas is also hopeful to have representatives of Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton and more U.S. universities confirming their attendance. They will provide students with the advice they need to identify if studying in the United States would be a good fit for them, how to go about researching U.S. universities and how to make an application. This is an exciting opportunity for students in Harrow to take a different direction to many of their peers and study abroad at one of the world’s leading universities.

Gareth Thomas, Harrow West MP said “Studying at one of Britain’s leading Universities like Oxford or Cambridge can be a goal for all of the students in Harrow, and not just the wealthy few. Academic and professional success should not be restricted to those who come from fee-paying schools. It should be available to all in Harrow. Thanks to Head Teacher James Rebbitt and the excellent staff at Whitmore High School for agreeing to work with me and continuing to make this possible.”  


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