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Cambridge Residential 2010


18th – 19th March 2010

“It has made the idea of university in general a reality. They are discussing now what results they need, what courses they want to investigate, etc. It has made them think about applying to Oxbridge.”


“Very good visit - very well organised and ideal for our students. Thanks!”


Teachers commenting about the positive impact of the visit on their students



Over forty students from Churchill, Broadoak, Wyvern, Worle, Clevedon, St Katherine’s and BackwellSchools, plus WestonCollege took the journey from North Somerset to Cambridge to learn about life at Oxbridge and how the application process works.


The first day was an opportunity to explore the college and the surrounding town, as well as meet and get to know the other students on the visit. Students took part in a guided tour of the town and colleges learning about the rich history of the university. Highlights included Sir Isaac Newton’s room and details of a student prank which saw engineering students secretly lifting a car onto the roof of a university college!


On the Thursday night students attended ‘Laughter Lab’, a lecture on the science of humour. As well as being entertaining it gave a lot of students their first taste off university lectures, as one teacher commented afterwards: “Laughter Lab was a real bonus as it gave students an experience of lecture.”


On the Friday students attended talks organised by Trinity Hall’s admissions staff. The talks covered a wide range of important topics for those considering Oxbridge. The most important message was that Oxbridge is for anyone with the academic potential to succeed there; it does not make selections based on background or social class. Lots of students picked up on this, including one who had this to say: “I have learnt that despite how prestigious the university is the chance of getting in is still quite high.”


Feedback from students and teachers was extremely positive with everyone finding out information relevant to future decisions, one student explained: “I got a more expanded idea of what A-level choices will benefit me and how I would achieve a place at Oxbridge.” Students went away inspired to try harder to get the grades they need: “The visit has made me more determined to achieve high grades in order to go to a university.”






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