On Wednesday 9th May 26 of the highest performing year 10 students attended an after school event at Hurstpierpoint College in Hassocks, created to encourage them to explore the possibility of attending the university of Oxford or Cambridge.
The students were welcomed to the stunning college with light refreshments and were quickly seated for the talk. The two speakers, one from Oxford and the other Cambridge, represented both the academic and admissions side which gave the students a clear idea of what Oxbridge universities are looking for, and what it is like to attend them.
As one of only 2 schools in attendance, Mr Runeckles, Senior Leader, said ‘ this is a fantastic opportunity to not only inspire our students to think about attending an Oxbridge university but also to offer them inside knowledge of the process of becoming an Oxbridge student.’
In attendance was Lucy Spires who said ‘it was a great opportunity to have and it has made me think about the possibility of attending an Oxbridge university. I now know how focused you need to be and what is expected in terms of grades and a personal statement.’
The students enjoyed the trip and were reflective on the coach as they headed home. Mr Runeckles said ‘an event like this is very important in giving students at this early stage the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and horizons in terms of further education.’