Students gain a valuable insight into university life

Five students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have recently returned from a short residential visit to The Univeristy of Cambridge’s Clare College, which aimed to provide an opportunity for students to experience student life and to start to think about the choices open to them after school.


On the first day the five high achieving Year 10 students had the opportunity to tour the college’s campus and gardens before listening to an aspirational talk which covered entry requirements and course choices at the prestigious university. During the evening at the end of the first day, the students participated in an interschool general knowledge quiz competing against seven other schools, from across Coventry and Warwickshire, who were invited to be a part of the programme.
On the second day the students attended an interesting engineering lecture on the physics of vibrations and sound waves before visiting the Fitzwilliam museum to look at the exhibits and join a talk on fine arts.
Science teacher Andrew Mushing, who is Avon Valley School’s Aspire Coordinator, said “It was wonderful to see how inspired our students were by the undergraduates who guided us over the two days. The students were also amazed at the facilities, and the history behind the university and its campus.”
Mr Mushing was also pleased to say that “Clare College will be visiting the school later in the year to give their schools’ access presentation, which will help to motivate and inspire even more students.”
Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “As a school we always seek opportunities that will engage and inspire our students. I am grateful to the university and Mr Mushing for giving these students this opportunity and I hope that they now consider progressing to university in the future.”
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