Posted on June 29th 2015
University of Cambridge
On Thursday 25th June, 30 Year 10 students went to visit the University of Cambridge. Arriving at Fitzwilliam College, we were given a presentation about university life and what makes the University of Cambridge so unique. Students were able to question two undergraduates about their experiences. Our students asked many thoughtful and inquisitive questions, on a range of subjects, from their choices of university course, quality of accommodation, and wider social life at university. A tour of Fitzwilliam College followed, including the student accommodation, library, social facilities and beautiful grounds.
We enjoyed lunch in the main dining hall with the Fitzwilliam undergraduates.
In the afternoon, we walked into the town centre, over the River Cam and past numerous famous colleges (such as Kings, Clare, and Trinity), steeped in history and grandeur.
We saw many undergraduates, in their gowns waiting for their graduation ceremony at the Senate House.
The Year 10 students then received a tour of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology which included a 30-metre high Canadian totem pole and 1,000 year old skeleton!
The experience has definitely inspired students to seriously consider university in the future and helped raise aspirations to achieve the results required to gain a place at a top university. It helped dispel some myths and stereotypes about Cambridge and emphasised the independent study skills (and living skills) that students will develop at university. The students were engaged throughout the day, taking a keen interest in all aspects and encouraging them to start considering their post-18 future.
Mr R Ewers