Three of our year 10 students were lucky enough to be invited to join a trip to Oxford University run by Cronton Sixth Form College. After a three and a half hour coach journey we were met at Pembroke College, one of the 38 colleges which make up Oxford, by the admissions officer who explained to us about the process of applying to Oxford, how to structure a personal statement and how the interview process works. We were given a tour of Pembroke by an existing student who also informed us about life at Oxford and then treated to lunch in the dining room. After lunch we attended a lecture with Katy Perry (not the pop star!) on Theology and Demonology, this gave the students a rare insight into how the lectures and tutorials at Oxford could be.
Moving on to Christchurch College, we were given a tour of the beautiful and historical grounds including, the cathedral, great hall (which was used in the filming of Harry Potter) and the library which is home to many rare books and exhibits. It is hard not to be awed by the sheer weight of history and tradition all around you, many gifted men and women have studied or taught at the University throughout its history. Among them are 27 British Prime Ministers, at least 30 international leaders, 50 Nobel Prize winners, and 120 Olympic medal winners. Before we left we also had time for a brisk walk through the streets of Oxford to the Museum of Natural History where we were able to marvel at the dinosaurs, primates and many more.