8 Students from Parkside Academy stayed at St John’s College, Cambridge University from Wednesday 4 September to Friday 6 September. They joined pupils from five other schools in County Durham. The students were given an introduction to undergraduate life at Cambridge University through a combination of academic and social activities.
On the first evening pupils were given a guided tour of the city. The following day, students had the opportunity to hear about the different courses available at Cambridge and to attend a series of sample lectures covering topics from mimicry in butterflies to the Achaemenid Empire. In the afternoon pupils visited either the Fitzwilliam Museum or the newly-refurbishment Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, afterwards they had a trip to the cinema.
The visit was rounded off with a spot of punting on Friday morning, followed by a tour of either Jesus or King’s College. The trip was designed to show the pupils what it would be like to live and study at one of the country’s top universities.