A group of Year 10 and 11 students spent the day on Friday finding out about the University of Oxford. They started with a tour of Balliol College, viewing the beautiful chapel, quads and common room. Here, they also learned about student life, from sports teams to student leadership opportunities. The students commented on how there was a lot more to university life than they had previously realised! From Balliol, the group walked to Lady Margaret Hall, another Oxford college, where they received an interesting and informative talk which offered an overview on the university and making an application. Students then had the opportunity to eat their packed lunches in the historic dining hall, built in the 1800s.

After lunch there was a quick tour of the grounds (in the rain!) before heading back to the centre of Oxford. Upon arriving back in the centre, they were able to peruse the bookshelves in Blackwell’s Bookshop, including in the famous Norrington Room, which has three miles of shelving and is in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest single room selling books. Lots of pupils bought books and everyone wished we could have stayed there longer! Throughout the day, students were able to get a feel for life as a student in Oxford, and they used the opportunity to start considering their future pathways. Staff who encountered them commented on how fantastic they were.