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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

Y10 Cambridge University Trip

Year 10 had the opportunity to learn about applying to one of the best universities in the world, during a trip to Cambridge.

 On Friday 5 June, 11 Year 10 girls visited the University of Cambridge, accompanied by Miss Tyler and Dr Singleton at the wheel. They began the day at Robinson College, where they had a talk about applying to Oxbridge by Dr David Woodman, the Admissions Tutor for the College. “It was a little daunting, but very inspiring and informative,” said the girls. Everyone was surprised to learn that Cambridge favours academic potential and ‘super-curricular’ over ‘extra-curricular’ activities.

Next, the girls had a brief tour of the grounds, conducted by two students (studying Geography and Politics). They were all very excited to see the resident deer in the College Gardens, and Miss Tyler was the most excited of them all! Everyone was treated to lunch at the acclaimed canteen, which offered the largest chocolate chip cookies anyone had ever seen, before visiting the University Library with its exhibition on the Battle of Waterloo, containing original works.

Following that, the girls were shown around Trinity Hall – a complete contrast from the modern red brick of Robinson College, with its beautiful old buildings and gardens, and a view over the river. The weather was glorious and many people were punting along the river. Students earn some money in their spare time by leading punting tours of Cambridge. The highlight was when one of the tourists fell in!

Before heading home, the girls had a free hour in the city centre. Some tried to cram in as many colleges as possible, whilst others went to the market or Starbucks. Everyone was well-equipped for the journey home with their free copy of the 2016 Cambridge prospectus, after a thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting experience. Thanks to Miss Tyler and Dr Singleton for making this trip possible.

By Hannah Erlebach