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Kent students figure out a way to help school
Students from the University of Kent have been going back to school to give some extra maths lessons.
The students, from the University's Medway campus, have helped set up a maths club at nearby New Brompton College in Gillingham. The club runs once a week after school and provides Year 9 students with additional coaching as they prepare for their GCSE examinations.
Amy Scamell, the University's Volunteering and Skills Co-ordinator, said the scheme had been a big success for both sides. 'The feedback from the GCSE students has been really positive, but our maths club has also highlighted the important role of volunteering for today's university students,' she said.
'With the job market becoming increasingly competitive, these students are ensuring they gain the types of skills needed to impress employers. All our volunteers have displayed skills in talking to groups, relating to people of different ages, showing patience and respect, and giving up time for others,' she said.
Alan Belsey, New Brompton College's Deputy Leader for Maths, added: 'We are really pleased to be working with our lead sponsor, the University of Kent, as they are going to pivotal in the development and progression of Brompton Academy.
'The Kent students fully integrated and supported the groups, helping them with individual problems. All of our Year 9 students have been highly appreciative of their support.'
Kent students who have been regular Maths Club volunteers include Teon Harris, Claire Read and Claude Ayodeji Alabi (Business Studies), and Stephanie Price (Tourism).
The University's Creative Events: Design and Production students have also been active at New Brompton College, helping with the set design for the school's production of Bugsy Malone at the Brook Theatre, and with the organisation of the Year 11 Prom.
Story published at 9:30am 13 April 2010