A Bridgwater & Taunton College student has graduated from the pioneering Pathways to Law programme

It provides young people the means to develop aspirations and confidence, helping them carve a niche in the competitive legal professions.

Undertaken at 11 universities across the UK, the programme is free and managed by The Sutton Trust.

Over two academic years, students participate in a blend of work experience, skill workshops, legal institution visits and networking.

The programme saw 37 students from 24 schools and colleges across the South West graduating.

Chloe Whitehead from Bridgwater and Taunton College said: "The programme has really helped me grow my confidence about being in a higher education environment, which I didn’t have before."

Other students to graduate from the programme were from the likes of Bodmin College, Camborne Science and International Academy, Exeter College, South Devon College and a number of others.

The tenth cohort from the University of Exeter attended a graduation celebration together with family and those involved in running the programme.

Leanne Smith, deputy head of the University of Exeter Law School, said: "I am delighted to celebrate the achievements of those graduating from Pathways to Law among with their family and friends, this is no mean feat".