Participation Events

Throughout the year, the Leicestershire Virtual School arranges a wide variety of Participation activities which aim to inspire, excite, motivate, educate and stimulate the curiosity of children in care to Leicestershire.

You can see below a list of some of the events we organise regularly and a calendar of events planned for 2018. We may arrange other events aside from these, so watch and listen out for news on the website; in the Virtual School 'Fox News' newsletter; in the foster carer newsletter and in messages to carers by email or phone.

University Experience Days

At various times throughout the year, local universities offer a range of educational activities.

  • Our Experience Days for Year 9 and 10 Children in Care take place at Loughborough University, and for Year 5 and 6 Children in Care at University of Leicester.
  • We attend a short residential visit for years 8 and 9 at Leicester University in June. In 2017 it focused on the importance of studying languages at GCSE and how this will help with jobs and further / higher education options for young people. It was really successful and the children who attended were really inspired by it.
  • The University Experience Summer School for young people aged 16-25 takes place over two days at the end of summer term at our three local universities: the University of Leicester, Loughborough University and De Montfort University. It is for those who want to experience university subjects and sample the social side of university life.

Other Participation Events

Our other events range from theatre visits and music workshops to sports and sailing.

  • Theatre trips are often organised around set GCSE texts, so that as well as having the experience of seeing a live performance, you will receive a book that will support with your studies and act as a memento of the occasion. We will usually go to a Christmas production too; in 2017 it was 'Scrooge' at Curve Theatre, Leicester.
  • Author events, usually for younger children, give you the chance to meet a published author who will talk about the inspirations behind their stories and help you to develop your own stories and characters within them.
  • Music workshops give you the opportunity to develop your own musical skills, compose, arrange and record your own songs and learn to play a musical instrument.
  • The Tall Ships trip is a reward activity for young people at the end of Year 11 who have really tried hard at school and worked to the best of their ability. The trip is a five-day residential spent on a catamaran, calling in at ports along the south coast of England and the Isle of Wight. As well as having great fun, you also gain a Level One sailing qualification and get the chance to return the following year as a senior member.

Upcoming Events

The Virtual School Youth Work team are busy organising events and activities for 2018. Here are just some of the things you can be involved in over the coming months:

Year groups




Years 11-13

April 2018

Officer and a Gentleman

Theatre trip to see a great show!

Year 8

17th April

Social Science at Leicester University

Find out about your local universities

See what it's like to study a subject you are interested in

Meet new people and try some fun activities

Explore some of the options for you when you leave school

Years 6-9


May 2018

Music course with professional musicians

An educational and fun course. You can learn to play an instrument and will be able to gain accreditation.

Years 12/13

14th or 15th June

East Midlands UCAS fair at Nottingham Trent University

This is an opportunity to find out what life on a university campus is like. You can talk to current students from a range of universities about what it's like to study certain subjects and focus your mind on future possibilities.

This event is where many universities present themselves for you to ask the questions that matter to you, there are interactive stands, advice on the application process, inspirational talks and seminars and a real experience of being in a vibrant university campus.

Years 9/10

25th-28th June

Medicine, STEM & Arts & Humanities

• Medicine

• Arts, Humanities and Social Science

• Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

Choose one of the options above and experience university life, meet current students and spend 3 nights in student accommodation in the Oadby Student Village with fun activities planned each evening.

Years 7+ (11-18 years)

4th July

Loughborough University Summer School

On the day there will be the opportunity to take part in an activity run by the award-winning Students' Union at Loughborough University, to try a taster session from one of their undergraduate degree subjects, build transferable skills required for successful studying and take part in one of the extra-curricular sports that take place in the world-class facilities on campus.

Free refreshments and goody bag!

Years 11/12

9th-13th July

Tall Ships residential trip

A once in a lifetime experience to reward young people for educational engagement, effort or attendance in KS4.

Young people will sail along the south coast and will have the chance to gain RYA Start Yachting award level 1 / 2

Years 7-11

13th-19th August

1 week music course ending with a performance.

A fun opportunity to make music with new friends and to gain accreditation.

Years 12/13

19th October

UCAS day at Leicester University

Year 12 - Students engage in opportunities aimed at increasing access to HE and learn about the benefits of HE.

Year 13 - Support for UCAS applications, writing personal statements and choosing universities

Years 11-13

Recruiting-February-July 2018

National Citizenship Service-runs over the summer for four weeks.

An exciting opportunity to meet, experience glamping, and get a taste of university life, followed by community projects and a celebration event.

Years 10+

Anytime throughout the year

VIP University visits (DMU, Leicester University and Loughborough University)

VIP visits can be arranged for any individual who may be interested in a particular university or subject. Just speak to your EIO at your PEP and this can be organised.