On Friday 5th February, 12 year 9 and 10 students visited Wadham College at Oxford University. The day was designed to give our young people information about applying to Russell Group Universities such as Oxford, whilst giving a taste of what life is like at one of the best academic universities in the world. Above all, it was meant to inspire and prove that gaining a place at one of the top universities is certainly an achievable goal.
The day began with a tutorial about applying to a Russell group university: what A-levels are required, how important GCSE grades are and finance. The group next experienced an hour long university style lecture. One half of the group attended a lecture delivered by Dr Jasmine Fledderjohann on ‘How long will you live? Human health and our social world’. The other half of our students attended a lecture delivered by archaeologist Emma Searle entitled ‘Making the dead speak: Discovering the secrets of Pompeii and Herculaneum’.
Following lunch, a medical student, took us on a tour of the college where we visited the chapel, the library, the common room and the bar as he eloquently described the life of a student at Wadham College. After a quick question and answer session, we visited Oxford’s Natural History Museum where our young people took part in a hands on session where they got to handle items as diverse as an elephant’s tooth, a stuffed barn owl and living cockroaches.
The young people who attended were a credit to themselves, the school and their families- It was an inspiring and informative day. Lea Manor continues to work closely with a number of Universities around the country to ensure our students are well informed about what choices and opportunities are available for them in the future.