7 October 2014

As part of their tour of Tameside, the Cambridge University Access Team came to West Hill School to encourage our Year 10 & 11 boys to “aim high,” in keeping with the School’s motto. The Access Team was joined by a former pupil, Joe Gregory, who will be starting this term at Cambridge to read Natural Sciences. Whilst a pupil at West Hill, Joe attended similar presentations and went on the School’s annual visit to Sidney Sussex College, which determined him to aim for a place there. His dream is about to be fulfilled!

The Access Team gave a presentation about life as a student at Cambridge. Our boys learned about the top universities in general and specifically about Cambridge’s unique learning style of supervisions (small group tuitions by world renowned experts), the collegiate system and the many, varied and wonderful extra-curricular activities available at Cambridge. They were encouraged to take advantage of the academic opportunities, because Cambridge and other top universities seek students just like them.

“It’s important to choose a course you’re personally interested in and will really enjoy studying” stressed the Cambridge undergraduates. “Offers to study at Cambridge are based on the intellectual potential of applicants, irrespective of social, racial, religious or financial background. So you just need to demonstrate academic ability and potential as well as motivation, commitment, self-discipline and suitability for your chosen course.”  From his own experience, Joe advised the boys to concentrate on their studies, explore the subjects beyond the syllabus and strive for the best possible GCSE results as well as making the most of all the extra-curricular developmental opportunities available at West Hill.

As some of the boys later commented “just what we needed, it gave us an informative and inspired insight into university options from a student’s perspective” and “it gave us a push to research the opportunities at Cambridge and get rid of the stereotypical myths so often peddled by the ignorant.”