On Friday, 8 June and Wednesday, 20 June students from Year 9 and Year 10 ASPIRE group attended Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Both visits were very inspiring for the students. In Oxford the group were the hosts of St Hugh’s College where current students were able to showcase their college and share their experiences of student life. A highlight was a lecture by Dr Tom Crawford who is the Brian Cox of the Maths world. Dr Crawford works with a number of organisations including the BBC and has a Blog and website under the name Tomrocksmaths. After lunch in the college Dining Hall, the group were taken to Christchurch by Rocksy, a very enthusiastic PPE student. The group were then shown around the very scenic Christchurch College, including the Harry Potter dining hall and the Jabberwocky tree that inspired Lewis Carrol. The visit ended with the students exploring the inspiring University Natural History Museum.
The visit to Cambridge was organised for the group by Queen’s College. The students enjoyed the modern and medieval buildings including the Mathematical bridge, this tour was given by a third year Economics student. They were then informed on the preparation process for applications and were introduced to a number of resources available to them. After a wonderful lunch in the Queen’s College Dining Hall, the group relocated to Corpus Christie College where the group met ex Invicta student Lara Hebdon currently studying medicine. After a very informative tour by a group of very enthusiastic second year students, Lara and her fellow students were able to answer lots of questions. The visit to Cambridge concluded with study time at the Fitzwilliam museum. Coincidently a Turkish student from World School 2015 stopped the group in the Greek and Roman room and said I recognise your badge, you must be from Invicta!
Mrs Lloyd would like to thank Dr Millgate and Mrs Rush for accompanying the students.