Cambridge University Y10 Residential Trip June 2014

Cambridge University Y10 Residential Trip June 2014
Cambridge University Y10 Residential Trip June 2014

On Wednesday 25th June, seventeen Year 10 pupils had the once in a lifetime experience of visiting Cambridge University and experiencing life at one of Britain’s top universities. After a very busy Sports day, we travelled up to Cambridge by train, with two members of Braunton Academy ‘s teaching staff, Mr Liversedge and Miss Searle. We stayed in picturesque Downing College which gave us a realistic taste of University life.

Thursday’s breakfast was followed by an insightful presentation about the social, economic and educational benefits of going to University. Head boy, Alex Brown said ‘It was a great experience and it has given me the confidence to strive to be the best and secure a place at one of the world’s finest Universities’, he added ‘This residential gave us a feel of life as a Cambridge University student’

We visited the marvellous Whipple Museum of Science which featured many unusual and interesting artefacts and teaching models. Afterwards we had a brief tour of Selwyn College.

The afternoon started with a workshop about writing University style essays and applications which equipped everyone there with basic skills they can use in later life. Next up was a rather genteel guided punting trip along the river Cam through several more colleges; with weather on our side it made this experience even more enjoyable. We then had some free time to explore the historic city of Cambridge and a meal out together in the evening.

On Friday morning we said goodbye to our lovely student study bedrooms and, following a hearty breakfast, embarked on the long journey home arriving at Braunton Academy just in time for the last bell! Finn Cronin summed up the trip by saying ‘I really enjoyed the trip, the punting was funny and it gave me food for thought about my future.’ Another student Amber Lowe said ‘it was fabulous, I would definitely go again!’

Special thanks to Aydan Greatrick, former Head Boy of Braunton Academy and currently a history undergraduate at Selwyn College Cambridge, who helped set up this residential trip for Braunton Academy Y10 students. Also we must thank Sedao, a Barnstaple based IT company, for subsidising this trip.

Mr Liversedge said ‘Special thanks to Sam Turner from Cambridge University’s Downing College for arranging our itinerary and being such a great guide’.

Katie Rodgers Y10 Braunton Academy , North Devon

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