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Walthamstow School for Girls Ofsted Outstanding Provider

Year 10 Trip to Cambridge

Students learn about University life

Last week, thirty students from Year 10 spent the day at Gonville and Caius at the University of Cambridge.  We are very fortunate that former WSFG student, Charlotte is in her first year there, studying  history. She spent the day with us, showing us around and answering questions.

The day was organised by our Schools’ Liaison Officer, Rosie Costello.  It was a fantastic opportunity for our students and we are very grateful to Charlotte and Rosie for their time and input. Thank you also to Mr Fowler and Mr Courteney, retired WSFG maths teachers, who came along to support the trip.

Here is some feedback from our students:

The trip as a whole was not only enjoyable but very informative. It gave me a good idea of the different types of universities that exist like ones with campuses or colleges. We learnt about the grades needed and subjects that are the best to choose to keep our options open. Meeting Charlotte was particularly inspiring as she is an ex-student of WSFG. It was very helpful to talk to her and to ask her lots of questions. Meeting her is proof that students like us can get into top universities like Cambridge if we are prepared to put in the hard work!

The Cambridge trip was a real eye opener. It was a great opportunity to see what a university of this calibre has to offer, from the food to the courses and societies. It showed me that it is a real possibility for me to study somewhere like this. The diversity there is an aspect that pleasantly surprised me and gave me the reassurance that Cambridge is open to everyone if you are willing to put in the hard work that is required.
Ayan 10S

The Cambridge trip was a fantastic opportunity. It was interesting to hear about all of the different clubs and societies. There is even one where students meet to eat chocolate! We had a talk on the various degree courses available which helped us to think about our future.
Aatani 10S

We had a talk about how universities work and it has really changed my perception of them. I am considering looking into Oxford and Cambridge for my further education. The day itself was very enjoyable and I am glad that our school allows such extracurricular activities to take place.
V 10G

I assumed that the University of Cambridge would fit the stereotypes surrounding it – a place for posh, geniuses who go to private schools. However, it wasn’t! The trip taught me so much. For example, I learnt about the different types of universities and what they have to offer. Overall it was a very enjoyable day and I would love to go on more visits like this to compare. The most important thing I learnt was that nothing should hold me back from going to a university like this in the future. 
Mahima 10G

I never knew before how to apply to university but now I have a clear vision of how to do it. I learnt lots of useful information about the universities of England. I really liked the gardens that we passed through and the beautiful architecture of the colleges. In general, it was an exceptional, interesting, educational and once in a lifetime opportunity!!​​​​​​​
Menele 10C

The trip to Cambridge was really helpful as it gave me an insight into higher education. I learnt about the importance of hard work and perseverance to get in. Overall, the trip was great fun and really helped me to think about what A level subjects will benefit me the most in the future.​​​​​​​
Zalyka 10C

Ms Robinson
Challenge Coordinator