CHILDREN from William Beamont High School have been helping primary school pupils at an event to raise aspirations for the future.

Youngsters from St Andrew’s and St Ann’s primary schools in Orford, and Meadowside Primary School in Longford, all took part in Hopes and Dreams week.

It saw them discuss what jobs they might like to do when they are older, and consider options of college and university.

Grace Carter, aged nine, from Orford, attends Meadowside Primary School.

She said: “It made me realise that it is important to work hard even if you don’t like school because you want to get a good job.”

Classmate 10-year-old Billy Pope, from Orford, said: “My favourite part of the week was touring the campus at the University of Chester and taking part in the lessons, especially maths.”

Children also met with industry officials including a designer for phone apps, while they also took part in a journalism day at Warrington Collegiate.

Students from William Beamont High School in Orford helped them brainstorm ideas and Warrington Guardian reporter Matthew Hobbs dropped in to give tips and talk about his work at the paper.

Maggie Williams, head teacher at William Beamont High School, said: “The idea of Hopes and Dreams week was to raise awareness of pupils in primary schools to the many career opportunities open to them, as well as going onto college and university.

“We want the young people to know that if you work hard and aim high, you can achieve whatever you dream.”