Students on the Able & Talented Programme took an aspiration raising trip to Oxford last week to look into their possible futures as scholars at the famous university. On the agenda was a tour of Oxford and the various colleges, a night in student halls as well as attending the Sixth Form Conference to learn about finance and student life.
Former St Peter’s Academy student Robyn Davies was one of those on the trip. “We had a tour of the difference colleges and learnt about the range of activities on offer”, she said. “It was great to see the buildings, they’re beautiful.”
Part of the trip saw the students attend an academic question and answer session on their chosen subject. Adam Hughes, who came to us from Haywood Engineering College, found the session very beneficial. “It was useful as I learnt some specific things about courses”, he said. “An example is music which is more modular. You get to pick what you like.”
“The trip made me realise how accessible Oxford is if you work hard. They have a lot of funding for students from lower income backgrounds such as scholarships and bursaries”, he added.
Senior Achievement Tutor, Geoff Willis, chaperoned the students on the trip. “They all enjoyed it. The trip served two purposes, the first is to raise aspirations and the second is to help the students make an informed choice about university”, he said. “Trips like this help the College build on existing links and relationships with Oxford University, helps us gain inside knowledge of the admissions process and helps Oxford University understand the needs of the students of Stoke-on-Trent. We are in regular contact with Lucinda Rumsey, a Senior Tutor at Mansfield College, and she will be coming into College to speak with students at the end of term.”
“Geoff’s tour was good. He showed us his old haunts from his time at university”, said Adam. “I can see myself studying there if I manage to get my target grades.”