Year 10 Oxford Pathways Taster Day

On Thursday 4th May 2017 six Rye Hills Academy students along with their Careers Officer and staff and pupils from St Peter’s School, Freebrough Academy, Laurence Jackson, Sacred Heart School, Huntcliff School, Outwood Bydales and Prior Pursglove College all boarded a coach at 5am and set off on the long drive to Oxford.

We stopped off once on the way and arrived at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University at 10am.

Pupils were greeted and led through to a hall where they were handed a Taster Day Diary to complete throughout the day. They were then introduced to the College and spoken to about the running of the day by an Oxford student.

We then split up in to groups. We were guided through Oxford from St Hugh’s to Oriel College which was around a 20 minute walk. We saw some beautiful architecture and passed groups of students in their exam uniforms celebrating their final exams.

On arrival to Oriel College we were gathered in a lecture theatre and the students took part in a 45 minute workshop and learned about the University and the College, they were given lots of information by the tutor leading the session who was also a past Oxford student and had the opportunity to ask him questions.

We had our lunch in the Oriel College Food Hall which was like a scene out of Harry Potter. There was lots of food choices to choose from and we sat amongst some of the University students and chatted to them while we ate our food.

We returned to the lecture theatre and split in to 2 groups and were then given a tour around Oriel College by a second year physics student, we visited the chapel, the bar, the common room and gardens and watched some pupils playing croquet and were given lots of information and we asked lots of questions.

We walked back to St Hugh’s and met up with the other groups and then attended 3 mini lectures about science/physics, oncology and computer science. We then completed feedback forms and we were back on the coach by 3:30pm. We arrived back to Prior Pursglove College at 8:30pm.

Overall the day was very interesting, the staff and students were diverse, friendly and full of knowledge and we left feeling that Oxford University was very accessible to our students, it didn’t matter where we came from, our backgrounds or how much money we had, if we put in the work academically and achieved high grades and were willing to work hard at college and then at university we had a very a good chance of being accepted. It is very competitive applying to one of the top universities in the country but it is by no means out of our league. 

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