Students at Mill Chase Academy were delighted to welcome Vice-Chancellor Clive Behagg to a special assembly last week.
The school, based in Bordon, Hampshire, joined the University’s Academy Trust in November. Professor Behagg, who is also Chair of the Academy Trust, was visiting as part a programme complementing the work being implemented by staff to enhance the curriculum and improve the quality of teaching and learning for students.
He said: ‘Central to the University’s vision as an academy sponsor is our belief that supportive learning communities of staff, parents, and pupils are essential to success and attainment. I was delighted to meet the students at Mill Chase Academy and talk to them about their aspirations for the future.’
The Vice-Chancellor also encouraged year 10 and 11 students to ‘reach for the stars’, be ambitious for their futures, and concentrate on their learning in order to achieve success. 
Continuing the Academy Trust events programme at Mill Chase, the University’s Widening Participation team will work alongside teachers to provide advice on further and higher education as well as supporting students in developing their study skills. The programme aims to ensure that higher education is open to all, regardless of family background, age, ethnicity or disability.
During the visit, Professor Behagg extended an invitation to Mill Chase students to visit the University campus and take part in dance, sports science, theatre, media and creative writing taster activities. The University is also exploring links with nearby businesses and community organisations to increase the range of opportunities for young people in the area.