Issued: November 8, 2016
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King Harold Academy students experience university
Year 9 and 10 students at King Harold Academy have experiences life at one of the best universities in the world.
The students attended taster days at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, which gave them an insight into what it takes to get into a top university, the subjects on offer as well as discussing how student finance works and the range of careers available to students at the end of their degree.
As part of the day the students also toured the Emmanuel College campus, and visited Cambridge city centre which gave them a better understanding of what it is like to live away from home at university.
For Year 10 students, the day ended with a debating workshop where they pitted their wits against each others on the issues of the importance of Science funding in education.
Year 9 students took part in a Physics workshop testing the laws of physics by building bridges and paper cranes.
The students came away with a much better understanding of university life and the finances involved.
Year 9 student Anil Chatterjee said: “Today really changed my ideas on university, I didn’t think about going to a top university until today.”
Associate Leader for Most Able Students, James Medforth, said: “It is really important for students to realise that the top universities in the world are a possibility for them.
"The students attending these taster days have gained more of an understanding of how university works and are already asking more questions about what they need to do within school to get to such a university.”
Head of School Kim Thackray was delighted with the trip.
She said: "Giving students opportunities to experience some of the world’s best educational establishments is something the school is passionate about.
"It can only help to raise the students’ aspirations for their future.”