The students have been regularly attending sessions held by Queens’ College at the Science and Media Museum in Bradford through the University’s Area Links Scheme. There have included lectures by visiting Cambridge Academic Staff, video-link tutorials and Q&A sessions with current students.
On 9th October, they made the journey to Cambridge to learn more about what the University is like and to see first-hand the College building and its facilities. Students took part in the tour of the College, job spotter activities and were presented with certificates following completion of their Summer Research Projects.
Queens’ College are aware that many students are hesitant to apply for Cambridge University due to stereotypes about the its culture and perceived barriers to entry. However, they acknowledge factors such as socio-economic background, school ranking and financial pressures should never prevent a student from realising their potential at any higher education institution.
The Academy will continue to work with Queens’ College this year to provide guidance and advice for prospective applicants as well as working to remove misconceptions.
The students were taken to the event, which took place on Sunday 30th September, by Staff Governor, Aziz Rafiq and Pastoral Team member Nadia Majid. Aziz said: “We wanted to give the children the opportunity of a lifetime to meet some of their favourite authors. With the aim of inspiring them to read more and maybe write their own stories.” She added: “The event was very well organised, fun and informative.”
Students were involved in workshops with Chris Bradford- author of the ‘Young Samurai’ series and Maz Evans author of the ‘Who let the Gods out’ series. The students also met Marcus Alexander author of the fantasy series ‘Keeper of the Realms’ and award winning author and public speaker Kathryn Evans.
Students had lots of fun during the workshop with author Maz Evans when Aziz was challenged to the ‘Who let the Gods’ out quiz – following which Aziz was given the title of ‘Goddess of Wisdom’ for the day!
The festival left the students inspired and proud to be representing the academy, a parent later thanked the academy for the opportunity and said that the event was so inspiring her child had already started to write his own story!