Every year, a group of our students take part in the Teach First Futures programme that supports high ability students from widening participation backgrounds to progress to Oxbridge or other competitive universities. As part of this initiative, students attend an Easter school at Oxford or Cambridge, depending on the subject they plan to study at university. Charlotte Binks (one of our students who took part) is pursuing a career in primary education and comments on experiences below:

“This gave me an incredible opportunity to experience academic life at one of the most prestigious universities. Although it was slightly intimidating at first through participating in a series of lectures and seminars in English Literature I eventually felt more able to thoroughly enjoy my time there. It has really opened my eyes to the vast number of opportunities available in terms of courses and career paths that I wouldn’t have otherwise considered.  Overall, this was an extremely rewarding experience to be a part of as it improved my confidence immensely and gave me a first-hand experience of student life. I would absolutely recommend taking part in any summer schools or subject masterclasses available to you as it will be particularly helpful in firming up your course choices when making an application. Most of all, I would like to encourage everyone to try to move past the insecurities and doubts they may have especially with the stigma associated with top universities and just go for it!”