Year 10 Trip to Cambridge University...
On Monday 19th June, Mrs Fernandez and I took a small group of Year 10 students to a ‘Schools Visit Day’ at Churchill College, Cambridge. The day was designed to give Year 10 state-school students an insight into how to prepare for an application to Cambridge and what student life is like there. An insightful presentation reminded us all of the importance of both choosing A levels carefully and also starting ‘supercurricular’ work to broaden our understanding and knowledge of a subject. ‘Supercurricular’ work does not cost anything to do, and might include: listening to podcasts; watching subject-specific videos; reading academic journals or articles; entering essay-writing competitions.
Our students also had the opportunity to chat to current Cambridge students, as well as enjoying a tour around the campus and a college lunch in the dining room. We then explored Cambridge, watched the end-of-exams punting fun on the river and cooled off with an ice-cream whilst watching the world go by, right next to the stunning King’s College.
Kushal, Aisha, Aanchal, Gigi, Lakshyaa, and Auff summed up how they felt about the day:-
“The Cambridge trip to Churchill college was one of the most inspiring and insightful journeys that we have ever made. Everything from the architecture and history to the people, environment and information was brilliant and beautiful. The welcoming yet competitive atmosphere of the college evoked a sense of determination and an effort to succeed which motivated all of us. Throughout the university there were a wide range of people from different backgrounds - not all just people from expensive private schools - which enabled there to be a wide cultural diversity.”