Wednesday 5th May 2010 by C. Freeman
Two cohorts of students had visits to Cambridge University this term with the Year 12s having a day trip while a group of Year 10s enjoyed a longer stay at Pembroke College with lectures, quizzes and social events.
Both trips were undertaken to give our students an insight into the daily life at a typical Oxbridge university, the courses available and further details on expectations and the application process.
Eight students from Year 10 were the first to go. They had a packed timetable of events for their four-day visit which included a gala dinner, team-building sessions and a walking tour around the city's colleges with designated 'CAMbassadors' who are undergraduate students in their second or third year of study.
Year 10 student Marsha Green said: 'I always had a very vague impression of Cambridge but it's a lot friendlier than I thought it would be. I enjoyed the lectures and we also went punting. We were based in Pembroke but we visited all the different Colleges. They gave us the prospectus and lots of details about how to do the interviews.'
Shivani Mistry, who went on the same trip said: 'It was an experience that I'll never be able to forget. I made some really good friends and hopefully we'll all meet up some time in the summer again. The highlights of the residential were probably punting on the river, the icebreakers quiz was really funny and really enjoyable and the disco was amazing!
I would really love to be able to go to the University of Cambridge after being given this opportunity, I'm really keen on applying for Cambridge, all I need to do now is work really hard and gain the grades.'
A week later 20 Year 12 students also visited looking around various colleges and learning more about the working and social aspects of academic life at Cambridge.
Sophia Haden said: 'It was interesting and I enjoyed it. I learnt quite a lot about university applications and how different Oxbridge is to the rest of the country.'