A record number of students applied to become part of Oldham Sixth Form College’s prestigious Student Ambassador Scheme this year. A staggering 115 students put themselves forward to support the College’s School Partnership and Marketing Team in promoting the College and in providing help and guidance to prospective pupils. This overwhelming response is a true testament to the success of the scheme, which was established in 2008, and it confirms how students not only feel proud to be part of OSFC, but want to actively encourage others to become part of the OSFC experience.
“I applied to be a Student Ambassador as I have enjoyed my time at OSFC so far and have had a really positive experience here. Having this role and representing college allows me to share my experiences with prospective students whilst giving something back to the college,” says Amy Hibbert, a former pupil of Waterhead Academy.
Feedback shows that the Student Ambassadors have a hugely positive impact on pupils and parents, and with the biggest team of ambassadors to date (55 students in total), it is exciting to know that more pupils than ever will benefit from meeting and working with these inspirational students.
Amelia Cooper, a former pupil from Royton & Crompton School, remembers how reassured she was by Student Ambassadors when she visited the College and how this experience contributed to her own decision to become an ambassador; “When I visited the open days at OSFC it was the friendly and welcoming Student Ambassadors that really made the college standout for me. I am looking forward to being able to show other prospective students what a great place OSFC is to study.”
Taking on the role also provides the students with an opportunity to enhance their communication, interpersonal and organisational skills as well as boosting their confidence; attributes that are increasingly vital for successful university applications. Matthew Spivey, a former pupil of Crompton House School is hoping to progress to University to study English Literature and he acknowledges the importance of taking part in schemes such as this, “The scheme has really helped me to grow in confidence which will help me both at university interviews and when I actually start university. I have also been able to mention the Student Ambassador scheme in my UCAS application and job applications, boosting my employability and chances of being offered University places.”
If you would like to know more about the work of the Student Ambassadors, please contact Sally Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org