Norfolk University Summer School
This July, Norwich School once again hosted the University Summer School for Year 12 pupils from across Norfolk.
The Norfolk University Summer School welcomes Year 12 pupils from the maintained sector for expert guidance and preparation to apply for competitive university courses.
During the week-long event, pupils from 12 local schools experienced a taste of university life with lectures from subject specialists and seminars offered by Norwich School teaching staff helped by students who had completed the summer school and were now at university. The pupils discovered more about applying to the most competitive universities including Oxbridge, how to make successful applications to Veterinary and Medical Schools as well as getting information about studying overseas. Pupils took part in practice interviews in their chosen subjects and received tailored advice about writing personal statements. This process will continue into the autumn as the pupils put together their UCAS forms.
The Summer School is now in its 18th year, having helped more than 1600 pupils since its inception.
The school provides the venue, administration and teaching for the University Summer School, the cost of which is funded primarily by generous donations from the school's alumni and development network.
Norwich School teaching staff teach pupils during the week, alongside industry leads and professionals. Each year the Summer School welcomes between 100-150 pupils, who pay a nominal fee to register their interest. Lunch, materials and resources are provided to pupils free of charge.
Feedback from the summer school is always overwhelmingly positive, with pupils attending this year's event describing it as “interesting, content-filled, varied, exciting and motivating”.
The Summer School organiser, Will Croston, Head of UCAS and Careers at Norwich School said: “Welcoming so many people from across the county is a highlight of the academic year. It was great to see over 80 pupils taking part in subject tutorials ranging from English to Veterinary Science, from Arabic to Mandarin via German as well as listening to guest lecturers exploring Dark Tourism, Japanese Culture and Actuarial Science. Students also heard presentations from different universities including Harvard, Lancaster, Leeds and Dundee.” For many pupils, this was the first time they had experienced university-level teaching and were introduced to undergraduate style teaching.
A particular highlight was the interview afternoon where each student had the chance to experience two contrasting academic interviews.
Norwich School will continue to run this important feature of Norfolk's Higher Education Calendar, applications for Next Year's Summer School will open in the Spring of 2020.