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Widnes pupils vow to aim higher after visiting Cambridge University
TEENAGE pupils experienced what life is like in Cambridge University.
A group of year 11 students from Bankfield School in Widnes spent a weekend exploring the historic colleges, chatting to students and finding out about courses.
Deputy head teacher Stuart Hodgkinson, himself a Cambridge graduate, said: “I wanted to show students that Cambridge is different from its elitist reputation and is very much somewhere that our students can aspire to and could be part of if they are prepared to work hard with their studies.”
Pupils stayed in student accommodation in Churchill College.
They were given a tour of the chemistry faculty by Dr James Keeler and shown round the university botanical gardens by Dr David Coomes, a lecturer in plant biology.
Pupil Ciaran Fahey said: “I learned about A levels needed for certain courses which was very useful. I enjoyed punting on the River Cam even when I crashed a few times but we didn’t sink.”
Ellie Thomas added: “Cambridge was a beautiful place and the old college buildings which are a part of the University were amazing.
“I learned many new things about the university experience, which has inspired me to consider it as an option.
“My favourite part of the trip was punting on the River Cam because it was quite relaxing and a lot of fun.”
Head teacher Carole Owen said: “We have built up an excellent partnership with Cambridge University and the success of this visit can pave the way for others.
“The message to our students is clear if you sets your sights high and work hard to
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