City school inspires next generation with mock university

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | Education | Published:

A school in Wolverhampton inspired the next generation of bright sparks by transforming into a mock-university for the week.

Pupils Ronny Cox, Imogen Dosanjh and Kaitlyn Betts, all aged 11, try on their hats for the graduation ceremony

Oak Meadow Primary School has been planning the impact and enrichment week since October, with staff working tirelessly for the last three weeks to decorate the school from top to bottom.

Paul Lane, senior leader, said: "The team has been incredible, the teachers care so passionately for the children they've worked relentlessly for the last three weeks to transform the school.

"The children's anticipation and excitement has just built everyday when they see things develop and it's an honour to instil this passion for learning in them.

"The whole school community has been brilliant, every parent has been in to have a tour of the school and some of them are even volunteering to help out at our campus cafe, they've all been really impressed."

Former mayor Phil Bateman chats with children in the Africa room

The school was split into four faculties: creativity and culture, mental health and wellbeing, STEM and sports, fitness and physical health.

Classrooms were transformed into a forensic lab, science space with a recreation of the moon landing, music room, mindfulness space complete with a yoga studio and a campus cafe.

Paul added: "Through doing this we look to bring together the skills of the whole curriculum so they can learn new things and also showcase their skills and talents.

"Whether the children are sporty or enjoy science or arts, there is something for everyone and we hope that by doing these various activities we can nurture them especially when they first start thinking about what careers they would like to do.

The week ended with a graduation ceremony, where hundreds of proud parents flocked to the school to see their little ones wear a cap and gown and mark the end of the activities.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at

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