Schools Zone

The Furness College School Engagement Team is dedicated to working in partnership with schools and colleges to raise awareness of the further education and higher education programmes available, in order to help young people make informed decisions about their future and help raise aspirations.

We offer a variety of activities, presentations and workshops, both at college and in schools, to enable students to discover the range of opportunities available to them when they leave school. Our team also goes into schools to complete the entry interviews for sixth form and can organise campus tours for prospective students.

The School Engagement Team is Lisa Smith, Esme Taylor and Amie Atkinson (l-r on photo). They work across both Channelside and the Rating Lane sixth form campuses.

Lisa Smith previously worked as a Senior Teaching Assistant at Burlington and Roose junior schools and, more recently, as a medical receptionist. Following GCSEs at Dowdales School and A Levels at Barrow Sixth Form College, her first experience of Furness College is was a welding course at Anson Street in 1994 for which she received a distinction. She completed her Level 3 NVQ in Children and Young People’s Workforce at Channelside in 2013.

Esme Taylor has taught at sixth form for over 10 years. She currently teaches BTEC Travel and Tourism and CTEC Business at Rating Lane, which she will combine with her new cross-campus role. She previously taught in Liverpool before returning home to Barrow. Esme has excellent expertise in school engagement having worked as the link tutor for Dowdales and Walney over the past few years and built up strong relationships within the education sector through her teaching and support work.

Amie Atkinson has more than 10 years’ experience in the education sector. She has held roles at a variety of nurseries including Pennington Nursery, Bright Horizons and Lynwood Day Nursery, schools including Askam Village School and Victoria Infant School, as a private nanny and as a self-employed childminder working from her home. A former pupil of St Bernard’s, she is also undertaking her assessor qualification in early years at college.

Please contact Lisa, Esme or Amie for any Furness College school engagement activities.
T: 01229 844814
E: schools@furness.ac.uk

Schools Zone

Events at Furness College

Furness College hosts a number of events organised by external groups which are relevant to schools and colleges. Many of the events include interactive activities which are aimed at promoting STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Events Offsite

We attend a number of events offsite which provide the opportunity to help raise aspirations for local schools and colleges.

Events Hosted by Furness College

We attend a number of events offsite which provide the opportunity to help raise aspirations for local schools and colleges.


Hosted by Furness College – 24th and 25th May 2022

Primary Engagement Day

Hosted by Furness College – 27th May 2022

Furness Lego League

Hosted by Furness College – Date TBC

We look forward to welcoming you and your pupils.

Approximate timings are from 1 hour 
Age group: All years

Groups of students, teachers and parents are very welcome to visit Furness College’s campuses to tour the superb facilities on offer. To book a tour, contact our School Liaison and Events Officer on 01229 844814.

Areas of interest:

  • Cafes
  • Clinical Room
  • Construction Workshops
  • Engineering & Motor Vehicle Workshops
  • Gym and Fitness Suite
  • Green Room
  • Libraries and Learning Hubs
  • Mac Suites
  • Science Labs
  • Sports Halls
  • Study Areas
  • Subject Specialist Classrooms
  • The Restaurant and Professional Kitchens
  • The Salon
  • University Centre
  • Virtual Nursery
  • AMTC
  • Centre of Excellence for Art and Design
  • The Theatre

… lots, lots more.

We offer a wide range of Twilight Tasters at both of Furness College’s campuses available to Year 10 and 11 pupils. These were introduced for the first time in 2015 and have proved very popular with young people. Students commit to two, three or four weeks of after-school activities – the length and times are different for each curriculum area. These sessions are very hands-on and provide information about career opportunities in the sector.

Places are limited and given on a first-come-first-served basis.

Dates and times TBC.



Full days within the College campuses 
Age group: Year 10

These taster sessions provide students with the opportunity to experience a range of subjects at our Rating Lane campus and take part in a range of fun and interactive challenges linked to curriculum areas at our Channelside campus. This gives students an insight into college life and the chance to explore the fantastic facilities available to support their learning. Schools will be invited to book in their Year 10 students.

Dates coming soon!


A member of the School Liaison Team is available to attend these events to offer information and guidance to students and parents regarding post-16 options and university degree programmes provided at Furness College.

Approximate timings from 30 minutes 
Age group: All years

These school visits provide an interactive lesson based on specialist subject areas. They provide information about course content, entry requirements, progression routes, career opportunities and enrichment activities.

Approximate timings from 30 minutes 
Age group: Year 9, 10, 11

A more in-depth workshop session will include further information about courses, entry requirements, apprenticeships and student life at college. Students will have the opportunity to have all their questions answered and receive advice on the application and interview process.

All presentations and workshops can be tailored to suit the needs of the school.

To book a visit to your school, contact our School Liaison and Events Officer on 01229 844814.

Approximate timings 20 minutes maximum 
Age group: Year 9, 10, 11

We can provide a short presentation (suitable for assemblies) which gives an overview of both campuses’ facilities and the courses available.

To book a presentation for your school, contact our School Liaison and Events Officer on 01229 844814.


LA14 2PJ
Rating Lane
LA13 9LE
Contact Us Tel: 01229 825 017 (Channelside Campus)
Tel: 01229 828 377 (Barrow Sixth Form College)
Email: info@furness.ac.uk
Business Support Tel: 01229 844 836
Email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk
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