Seven high achieving Year 12 students were given the opportunity to visit King’s College at Cambridge University for a two day residential trip.
These students left on the morning of 27 March and returned the following evening. During the trip, students were able to speak with current Cambridge students and ask questions about student life as well as the application process. The students toured King’s College and the surrounding areas of Cambridge. They also got a taste of dorm life as they ate and slept in student accommodation. Students were also given helpful guidance tips about applying to Oxbridge and other universities
In addition, the students were able to take part in a 60 minute taster session led by Tim Flack, a Fellow at King’s College. This taster session focused on enigmas. This is a subject that is very valued at King’s College as Alan Turing was an undergraduate at the college and later elected a Fellow. The students were able to work hands on with a replica enigma machine and were able to try encrypting and decrypting messages. Our students were able to use advanced mathematical equations in order to crack codes. Tim Flack impressed upon the students “how important maths and science is to society as a whole.”
The students enjoyed themselves and were very impressed by what Cambridge had to offer. This was a wonderful trip for raising aspirations. Some of the students have now decided to apply to Cambridge this October.
This was the fourth year in a row that students from Bedlingtonshire Community High School were able to team up with students from neighbouring schools to make the long journey down to Cambridge. This year, three schools were involved: Bedlingtonshire Community High School, St. Benet Biscop and Ponteland. The trip was led by Sixth Form Learning Mentor, Kristen Lynn.