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University Access Summer School

This July, Norwich school hosted its 15th Summer School for local 16 and 17-year-old pupils. During the week-long event, pupils from 15 local schools experienced a taste of university life with lectures from subject specialists and Norwich School teaching staff. The pupils were given the chance to learn about applying to Oxbridge, making applications for Veterinary and Medical degrees and studying overseas. Pupils received practice interviews in their chosen subjects, and individual assistance with writing personal statements.

Aims

The aim of the Summer School is to help prepare local 16 and 17 year old pupils for applying to university, and in particular prepare those who are hoping to study competitive subjects such as Medicine and Law, and those applying to Oxbridge Universities or other competitive Universities.

Background

Now in its 15th year, the Summer School is a firm fixture in the school's calendar, with attendance growing each year. Norwich School has been working with local secondary schools in partnership with Norfolk County Council to spread awareness of the Summer School, and to raise aspirations amongst Norfolk's young people who traditionally have a low take-up rate of going into Higher Education.

Resources

During the week-long event, pupils from 15 local schools experienced a taste of university life with lectures from subject specialists and Norwich School teaching staff. The pupils were given the chance to learn about applying to Oxbridge, making applications for Veterinary and Medical degrees and studying overseas. Pupils received practice interviews in their chosen subjects, and individual assistance with writing personal statements.

Event organiser Will Croston, Head of UCAS and Careers said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome so many of Norfolk’s highest achievers to Norwich School for the 15th Summer School. Over 140 pupils took part in subject tutorials in subjects ranging from English to Vet Science via Mandarin, as well as listening to speakers from different universities including Bath, Amsterdam, Harvard, Leeds, Lancaster and Dundee."

A particular highlight was the interview afternoon where each student had the chance to experience two contrasting academic interviews. For many pupils this was the first time they had experienced university-level teaching, with the pupils studying Law preparing and conducting a mock trial during the week.

Impact

Feedback from pupils who enjoyed the week was highly positive. One attendee said: “The staff and speakers have been absolutely fantastic and the information I have received has put me in a far greater position to make a strong application to any universities. I think that together with the presentations, fascinating subject tutorials and also the mock interviews, you have created an extremely beneficial, unique experience for us students, and one we would be hard pressed to find elsewhere.”

Pupil Involvement

140 pupils from 15 local state secondary schools attended this year's Summer School.

Frequency

Norwich School will continue to run the Norfolk Summer School, applications for which will open in the spring term of 2019.