A group of Year 11 students visited Cambridge University for an Access day at Churchill College. They learnt about what it might be like to study at Cambridge and were given a tour. They also met with Newman Alumni Cambridge undergraduates Andrew Derrett, Anya Smith and Alfie Crowley-Rata. Anya and Alfie are in their first year at Cambridge and Andrew is a third year Engineer.
The students were also taken on a tour of central Cambridge with the undergraduates where they were free to ask questions and help the Year 11 students understand how to follow in their footsteps. Andrew, Anya and Alfie clearly enjoyed passing on their knowledge and insights to the next generation of Newman students.
Peter Shears, Assistant Headteacher and responsible for More Able Students, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to give our students. They discovered that a place at Cambridge University is achievable as long as they work hard and are passionate about the subject they intend to study. It was also great to see students who just a few months ago were in Year 13 at Newman College now doing so well in their first year as Cambridge undergraduates.”
Caitlin, a student in Year 11 who went on the trip said: “The trip to Cambridge was a great experience. We got to look around the college and the city itself. We also got to speak to people who currently attend Cambridge and learned what it takes not only to get into one of the world’s best universities but any university and any course anywhere. I hadn’t considered applying to Cambridge before the trip but it is now definitely somewhere I can envisage myself being in 3 years’ time.”