Bingley Grammar School

Cambridge Roadshow

Over the past few weeks we have hosted three events through our links with Cambridge University.

On 28 February Maria McElroy, the Schools Liaison Officer from Queens’ College Cambridge, delivered a presentation to some of our high performing Year 10 students about engaging in “supercurricular” activities in preparation for applying to university. 

At the same time, Hannah Thompson, the Widening Participation Assistant from Cambridge, met with a group of Year 9 students to introduce them to the idea of applying to Oxford or Cambridge.

This month on 20 March, three current students from Cambridge University (all of whom attended comprehensive schools in the Bradford district) spoke to many of our top performing Year 11 and Year 12 students about their personal experiences of life and study at Cambridge University, as well as providing an insight into the application and interview process.  We were particularly delighted to welcome Abi, one of our own former students, who is now in her first year of studying Computer Science at Cambridge. 

Abi said,

“Coming from a (very) working class family in Bradford, I didn’t know anyone who had been to university - never mind Cambridge. When applying I focused a lot on the myths surrounding Cambridge and worried a lot that I wouldn’t stand a chance of getting in. Having been here two terms now, I can safely say that those myths were just that. I’ve met people here from so many different backgrounds, and I’m learning more than I’ve ever been able to before. It’s not all work either, I enjoy playing rugby and watching films with my friends to wind down.”

Talking with some of our students following this event, it was clear that the enthusiasm and friendly, approachable manner displayed by the Cambridge students has inspired many of our BGS students to think seriously about applying to Oxford or Cambridge.

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