On Tuesday 5 October, a group of our Year 10 students went on a trip to Oxford University to see for themselves what is on offer to them at one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
We were invited to Merton College where we looked round their grounds, saw the garden table where Tolkien wrote some of his books, the beautiful chapel and the dining room. Our host let the students hear the sounds their magnificent chapel organ can produce and students then had the opportunity to ask questions about courses at Oxford, the admissions process and the life changing opportunities. We then walked to the Bodleian library; where we were given a brief introduction to the history and content of the library and then spent time looking at the two exhibitions – one on The History of Melancholy, and the other entitled ‘Roots to Seeds’. This visit opened our students’ eyes to the options available to them at university, and as ever, they were a credit to the school.
Here are some of their comments from our students about the day:
“It was very informative mainly because the teachers were able to give me information and I found out things about the Joint Honors Law degree I want to do, which was really interesting”.
“I had fun because I got to go to a university which I might go to when I’m older”.
“It was exciting as I learnt new things about going to university”.
“It was amazing as I got to learn more about my future degree”.
“It made me realise how many opportunities I have in terms of university”.
“I liked going to the cathedral”.
“I liked exploring a new place”.
“It was good because it opened up more opportunities for me when I’m older”.
“I realise I can go to places like Oxford University”.
“I learned about the possibility of going in to performing arts without maybe going to a performing arts school [perhaps doing English and doing drama as a ‘hobby’]”.