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Trip to Oxford University inspires students to aim high

A group of lower sixth students on the College’s Aiming High Honours Programme were taken on a visit to Oxford University.

The trip, to Wadham and Hertford Colleges, gave the high achievers the chance to better understand the collegiate system of Oxbridge.

They were able to talk to current Oxford students about life at the university and they were taken on an interesting tour of both Wadham and Hertford Colleges.

Trip to Oxford University inspires students to aim high | February 2016

The group included 14 students: Amy Mellows, Charlotte Posner, Danielle Jarvis, Sauncha Bryan, Ai-sha Arif, Samuel Morse, James Reed, Grace Rovira, Anesu Hove, Aimee Murphy, Kristina Petkova, Anamaria Roxana Tutunariu, Ana Scutari and Emily Baker, along with Aiming High tutors Lisa Mangles and Angela Newton.

At Wadham College, the students participated in interactive sessions titled 'Making the dead speak: The secrets of Pompeii and Herculaneum' or 'The modern city in 19th century literature'. They also attended a presentation by Emily Cannon, from Oxford University, on the application process to Oxbridge. Her talk dispelled some of the myths surrounding the admission process and she also spoke widely about the Russell Group universities, which many of the students on the trip were considering.

Tutor Lisa Mangles said: “All the students feel they have gained something worthwhile from the trip, with over half of them agreeing that they will now consider applying to Oxbridge as a result of the visit.”

One of the students said: “The interactive sessions we took part in were challenging, but they were also fun and stimulating. I have now got a better idea of what life at Oxford University would be like.”