Gifted Students try out life as Cambridge Undergraduates
Five students in their first year at Cronton Sixth Form have experienced an inspirational trip to the University of Cambridge as part of the 2015 Cambridge Student Union Shadowing Scheme.
Chloe Birmingham and Jodie Keiller previously from Wade Deacon, Laith Alshukri and Michael Cooke both previously from Halewood Academy and Victoria Houghton previously from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College were all delighted to have been accepted on to the exclusive scheme which gives a small number of gifted students the opportunity to experience life at a prestigious university.
The successful students teamed up with a student at the University of Cambridge during their three day stay and accompanied them to lectures, supervisions and social events for a taste of what life is like at one of the top universities in the country.
Victoria said, “My favourite thing on the trip was going to the lectures, my mentor had a few subjects in her course so I got a taste of a variety of subjects, the most useful for me being the environmental science lecture and practical, it made me realise that would be the subject I want to do at university. I am planning to apply to Cambridge, I know if I work hard enough it could be possible.”
Laith said, “I really enjoyed experiencing what the lectures are really like: which was completely different to what I thought, I am planning to apply to study at Cambridge.”
Helena Blair, Access Officer at the University of Cambridge and one of the organisers for the Shadowing Scheme said, “There is no better insight into being at the University of Cambridge than shadowing a student for a few days during term time, and we hope the experience students like the Cronton students gain from the Shadowing Scheme will help them make an informed choice about their options after sixth form.”
Dawn Venables, Head of A levels at Cronton Sixth Form said, “The students all had a fantastic time during their trip to the University of Cambridge. It is important at Cronton that we are able to offer the Prestigious University Programme and these respected schemes to gifted students to provide them with a wide range of experiences and make sure they are prepared for the application process for Oxbridge and other Russell Group Universities.”