On the 21st November, the students had a great day in Cambridge, exploring the city and the university as they began to consider their higher education options.
The day began with some free time to allow the students to discover the city for themselves and get a feel for the area. Some students even participated in lectures at the university as they were keen to get involved and experience the university first hand!
After free time, the students went to an admissions talk at the Mill Lane Lecture Rooms. This was a very informative lecture about the admission process at the University of Cambridge in which the students were able to ask any questions they had about personal statements, interviews, the college system at the university and much more. The lecturer, Clare, was very informative and the students came away with a lot of useful information to help them prepare for their upcoming applications.
Once the students had received their talk, they were taken to Peterhouse, one of the colleges at the university, for a guided tour. Peterhouse is the oldest of the Cambridge colleges, founded in 1284. It is also the smallest! However, it still provides the same great opportunities as the other colleges and is rather beautiful. Some of the notable graduates from Peterhouse – known as Petreans – include; Sir Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine (one of which is in display in the Whittle building at the college), Sir Christopher Cockerell, inventor of the hovercraft and Chares Babbage who originated the concept of a digital programmable computer. The college also backs onto the Fitzwilliam Museum, considered to be one of the greatest art collections in the nation!
This was an important day for those students interested in applying to the University of Cambridge and was highly informative. It was also a lot of fun for all the students and staff involved!