The School’s university trips for Lower Sixth Form Students facilitated 25 pupils to travel to the University of Oxford and 30 different pupils to travel to the University of Cambridge.
At the end of January 2019, pupils visiting Oxford were treated to a tour of St John’s College, where they learnt about the history and architecture of the college. The aspiring scientists were also shown the new labs in the Chemistry department, where they witnessed NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) and Infrared machines in action, whilst some of the other students were provoked into thought by a Professor from New College. After visiting the ‘dreaming spires’ of Oxford, the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera, they visited Mansfield College to learn of the challenging Oxbridge admissions process and met a group of OWs who are current Oxford students from a wide range of subjects.
The Cambridge visit took place a few days later and was organised into three main subject groups. This enabled the boys to meet prominent tutors who showed them around different departments and imparted knowledge and advice about the various courses on offer. Afterwards, they attended an admissions talk and lunch at St John’s College, providing an opportunity to explore central Cambridge and ended the day participating in a panel discussion with OWs at Trinity College, who shared knowledge to those wishing to follow in their footsteps.
After experiencing the world of Higher Education and Oxbridge, the Lower Sixth students are reflecting and preparing for the application process. We hope they were inspired by their visits and Whitgift continues to support their careers and future aspirations.