This summer term, two groups of Year 10 students from the Academy were given the opportunity to learn about life at University in two special visit to Worcester College, Oxford.
On arrival the students were given a presentation about university life. The talk introduced the students to higher education and Oxford University. Students also learned about what it is like to study at university and were given advice about what they should be doing now in preparation for finding a university place in the future.
Following the talk there was a tour of various college buildings and grounds. The students were able to see first-hand what it is like to live in university accommodation when they visited a student flat in a new accommodation block at the college. They also walked around the extensive grounds which included the woodland area, the lake and sports grounds. Views from the quadrangle showed the magnificent architecture of the college buildings. The students were privileged to see inside the chapel. The tour finished in the grand dining hall where everyone was treated to lunch.
During the afternoon the students paid a visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum, a university-owned collection of anthropological artefacts. Viewing and handling these objects gave awareness as to how objects discovered from the past bring knowledge and learning of other societies and cultures. Students also experienced a walk through the centre of Oxford and a visit to the grounds around the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest parts of the university. The building, which was founded in 1602, houses a vast collection of rare books.
To complete their trip to Oxford the students had some free time to explore the city centre where they were able to visit some of the souvenir shops before returning home.
The visits were organised by Dr Price as part of the Academy’s programme to encourage students to fulfil their potential and progress to higher education. Through the visit the students had gained information about what it is like to study at university and how they should go about preparing for a university place in the future. It also gave them insight into life at Oxford.