Thirty Year 10 Pupils from Ian Ramsey CE Academy were given a taster of life at one of the world’s premier universities this week.
Students from Cambridge University visited the academy in Stockton to talk to potential high achieving young people about life at university, setting their expectations high and what it is like to be a member of Kings College Cambridge.
Every year a group of current students from King’s College’s travels to the North East to work with Year 10 state school students. Through a series of games and activities, they aim to raise aspirations towards and widen participation in higher education. This year the students are visiting 32 schools across the tees valley region as part of their week-long road trip.
Ian Ramsey CE Academy was amongst the first to be visited this year, building on the success of last year’s visits.
Mrs Emma Henshaw who is the coordinator for provision for the ‘most-able’ the group of pupils that have been recognised as most likely to be able to achieve entry into top universities said: “It’s important that those who have the potential of going to our top universities have a greater understanding of what life might be like at university. We want to give them an understanding of what to expect and to give them a taste of what it’s like from a current student’s perspective.”
She added: “Having really high expectations and aspirations for yourself is important. We have some incredibly talented children at this school who have the potential to make a really significant impact on our society in the future. Going to one of our top universities will give them a really positive start to what will hopefully be an exciting and rewarding career for each of them.”
Year 10 pupil Meg – said: “It was interesting to hear current student’s personal opinions on what it’s like because that is more relatable and more informative in understanding what university life would be like.”
Fellow year 10 pupil Ewan added: “It was good to hear from someone who has actually through it and to hear what it is like now as opposed to someone who went ten years ago – making it much more likely that I will go myself.”
Year 10 pupils Meg Warriner and Ewan O’Neill with Rosanna Hurst who is in her second year studying Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at King’s and Stephen Chen a first-year student studying Chemical Engineering at King’s.
(All pictures: Keith Blundy)