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Professional Resources

Throughout the year, the Virtual School arranges a wide variety of participation events and activities.

Find out more about some of the regular events we organise or take a look at our upcoming events. We may also arrange other events aside from these, and will let you know on the website, in our Virtual School newsletter, foster carer newsletter and by contacting carers directly.

University experience days

At various times throughout the year, local universities offer a range of educational activities.

Experience Days at the University of Leicester (Years 5 and 6) and Loughborough University (Years 9 and 10).

Short Residential Visit at University of Leicester in June (Years 8 and 9). In 2017, this focussed on the importance of studying languages at GCSE and how this will help with jobs and further/higher education for young people. The children who attended were really inspired by this.

University Experience Summer School for young people aged 16-25 takes place over two days at the end of summer term, for those who want to experience university subjects and sample the social side of university life. This takes place at our three local universities; University of Leicester, Loughborough and De Montfort University.

Child looking at dinosaur exhibit on university trip


Theatre trips

Often organised around set GCSE texts, students have the experience of seeing a live performance and will receive a book to support with their studies. We will usually go to a Christmas production too; in 2017 this was Scrooge at Curve Theatre.

George's Marvellous Medicine theatre trip, 'grandma' exhibit

Author events

Usually for younger children, these events give them the chance to meet a published author who will talk about the inspirations behind their stories and help them to develop their own characters and stories.

Music workshops

Giving students the opportunity to develop musical skills, compose, arrange and record their own songs and learn to play a musical instrument.

Collage of ideas and artwork created by students on Music Course

Tall Ships trip

This is a reward activity for young people at the end of Year 11 who have really tried hard at school and worked to the best of their ability. The trip is a five day residential spent on a catamaran, calling in at ports along the south coast of England and the Isle of Wight. As well have having great fun, students gain a Level One sailing qualification and get the chance to return the following year as a senior member.

View of sea and coastline from Tall Ships 2018 trip


Upcoming events

Year GroupDateEventDetails
Year 10 & 119 February 2019To Kill a MockingbirdSpaces for 13 young people to see this play based on the novel by Harper Lee, dealing with serious issues such as racial inequality and addressing issues of class, courage, compassion, and gender roles.
Year 5 & 65 March 2019Primary university inspiration day, University of LeicesterThe opportunity for primary age children to gain an insight into studying at University, raise their confidence, motivation and aspirations.
Age 13 - 25 years8 March 2019Music Conference, Curve Theatre, LeicesterYoung people will get to experience live performances from various artists, and will have the opportunity to get information about career opportunities and routes into the music industry.
Year 9 +6 April 2019Victoria (A Ballet by Cathy Marston)Passion, tragedy, fierce devotion. Queen Victoria’s diaries revealed a life so fascinating that her daughter Beatrice tried to rewrite history. Spaces for 13 young people to see this ballet production based on Queen Victoria’s life.
Year 1118 April 2019National Citizen Service taster day, Leicester Outdoor PursuitsFind out about the National Citizen Service programme. What it is, when it takes place and where.
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