by Scott Goodacre
Tea and Chat is a regular event at Huddersfield New College, providing students with an informal and friendly atmosphere to discuss ways of dealing with stress as they approach the exams period.
The college’s exams team and the Open Door service organise the three-hour session, which is held in the Street. The £50 total was incredibly impressive given the minimum donation price of 20p.
Jane Harrison, who heads up the college’s exams team, baked cookies and brownies for students while Kate Birch, the head of Open Door, enlisted the help of her daughter to bake cupcakes.
They were joined by the rest of the exams and Open Door team, who spoke to students and kept the supply of tea constant for the full three hours.
Jane said: “Educating students about the ways of dealing with stress is very important to us as an exams team.
“Students can be under a lot of pressure to achieve when it comes to their final A2 exams, and we wanted to advertise the fact that both the exams team and the Open Door are on hand to help make the period as stress free as possible.”
Kate said: “We take the health and well being of students seriously, and we want students to understand the signs of stress and help them to find ways of dealing with it before it affects their exam performance.”
The college has produced a booklet to help students deal with exam stress, which can be downloaded here.