Hartlepool pupils urged to aim for the stars at Dyke House event

Dyke House sports and Technology College pupils Caitlin Laybourn (left) and Amie Steele with primary feeder school pupils (rear left to right) Michael Harcourt (lynnfield), Courtney Ross (grange) and Jack Riley (fens) with (front left to right) Amy Douglas, West View), Ellie-Mae Robson and Jack McGill (Owton Manor) as they take park in a task during an aspirations day held at the school

Dyke House sports and Technology College pupils Caitlin Laybourn (left) and Amie Steele with primary feeder school pupils (rear left to right) Michael Harcourt (lynnfield), Courtney Ross (grange) and Jack Riley (fens) with (front left to right) Amy Douglas, West View), Ellie-Mae Robson and Jack McGill (Owton Manor) as they take park in a task during an aspirations day held at the school

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DOZENS of primary school children were inspired to chase their dreams at an event about ambition.

Hartlepool youngsters were encouraged to be ambitious when thinking about what they could do when they start their careers by working together on team building activities.

The event was hosted by Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Hartlepool, and organised by the charity Teach First.

It trains and supports people in low-income communities to become inspirational classroom leaders.

Children who attended the day-long event were inspired by real life professionals such as lawyers, musicians, doctors and nurses and took part in a host of team-building exercises.

Martin Dorset-Purkis, who is a teacher at Dyke House and a Teach First participant, said: “Teach First is all about raising aspirations in young people, especially in Hartlepool, and making sure making sure they can achieve whatever they set their minds to.

“It is important to make sure that from a young age children are switched on about what going to school means regarding qualifications and also for realising their potential.”

A total of 70 pupils aged 10 and 11 from six town primaries took part in the day which was hailed a great success. They were Fens, Owton Manor, Lynnfield, Throston, Grange and West View.

Mr Dorset-Purkis added: “The day went really well and we had some great feedback from staff who said they would like to borrow our resources to use on a bigger scale which is really encouraging.”