On 13 and 14 June, a group of Aspire students from Years 9 and 10 went on visits to both Oxford and Cambridge Universities as part of the Aspire Programme. We were hosted by St Hughs’ Collge Oxford and Queens College Cambridge during the morning of each visit respectively. The students were given tours by current students and then given a great deal of information about the style of study at these prestigious universities and about the preparation required in order to ensure a successful application. The tours gave the students a feel for studying and living in the College environments and they were also given lunch in the impressive dining halls of both colleges. In the afternoon on both days the students were taken around some of the iconic landmark buildings of both universities including the Bodleian library and Bridge of Sighs in Oxford and the Senate House and Kings College Chapel in Cambridge. They were taken on tours of other Colleges in the afternoon.
On the Oxford trip, Miss Newton was able to showcase her College, Christchurch College and the famous Dining Hall which featured in the Harry Potter films and inspired Lewis Carrol in writing Alice in Wonderland. The Cambridge group toured Emmanuel College and then Corpus Christie College with the famous clock and where Christopher Marlowe studied. The group were thrilled to be joined on the trip by Lara Hebdon, an ex Invicta student who had just finished her exams at the end of her first year course in Medicine. Hearing Lara tell the students about her life in College and saying ‘Every day I see this wonderful view’ and how inspired she is by the environment encouraged many of the students to aim high. All the students felt the trips very beneficial:
Erin Frankel - Year 10: ‘I found it a good way to feel the atmosphere of the universities and understand the requirements of a prospective student.’
Yasmin Mills - Year 10: ‘After today’s trip I now feel so inspired and interested to apply for these universities in the future.
Hannah Clifton – Year 9: ‘The past two days have really made me think and reconsider things. It has been really inspiring and informative.’
Thank you to Mrs Lloyd for taking the students on both visits and for writing this report. Thank you also to Mr Perry and Miss Newton for accompanying the group.