Over 100 Barton Peveril students were given the unique opportunity to experience a day with academic fellows and current students from the University of Cambridge.
The Cambridge Academics Day – the first ever event of its kind run by the university saw nine fellows including lecturers, a doctor and a professor from Trinity College attend Barton Peveril to run extension sessions with first year students aspiring to attend Russell Group Universities.
The academics – professionals in their fields of Maths, English, History, Biology, Chemistry, Asian Studies, Medicine and Law spent the day on our college campus with PhD students in English Literature, Development, Engineering and Chemistry to host a wide range of support sessions for both our students and those from Bay House School and Sixth Form in Gosport.
The day began with a lecture from the academics on myth-busting and admissions and was then followed by subject tasters and the chance to take part in bespoke small group supervisions – enabling the students to experience the best kind of preparation for that all-important Oxbridge university interview.
Students with Oxbridge potential were also able to attend drop-in sessions with current Cambridge students to recieve one-to-ones about university life, guidance on applications and top tips for interviews.
Robert Temple, Assistant Principal at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College said: “The aim of hosting Cambridge academics at this event was to inform and inspire those students considering an application to the most competitive universities. Giving them access to experience learning ‘Oxbridge style’ will encourage them to progress their applications and hopefully receive the offers that they are aspiring to achieve alongside fantastic exam results.”
The Cambridge Academics Day follows the record-breaking year of 19 Oxbridge offers for students at Barton Peveril for 2016 entry. The college has a dedicated Oxbridge Support Co-ordinator, who is available to guide students interested in applying to these prestigious universities throughout the process by a range of academic and practical support mechanisms.