Our school visitors in the early weeks of 2024 have represented both our key outreach areas: East Berkshire and West Yorkshire. We welcomed, among others, Ditton Park Academy from Slough and Roundhay Sixth Form from Leeds. The purpose, as with all our schools outreach, is a simple one: to demystify Cambridge and to show the reality of the modern university and its colleges. We hope that these visits raise aspirations by allowing pupils to envisage themselves at a top university and encouraging them to stay committed to education.
Ditton Park visited the Whipple Museum of the History of Science during their visit. Roundhay went into the city and got the opportunity to explore, as well as having an introduction to Selwyn and tours of the college with the help of our student ambassadors.
A teacher accompanying another recent school visit wrote to us afterwards: "The trip was exactly what our students needed... Our intake is really varied in terms of socio-economic factors. We are a true comprehensive school... The student guides were excellent and our students could see that they were not too far removed from themselves! The ability to be able to walk around the campus and see things really helped them understand more about university life and what priorities they might need to take into consideration when making their decision."
There’s more about visits to Selwyn here: https://www.sel.cam.ac.uk/.../access-and.../visits-cambridge