Saltash students 'hop' to Oxford

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By Em_Williams | Monday, December 03, 2012, 14:17

A group of Year 11 students from community school have been give a taste of what life is like at Oxford University. The students, who are all classed as high ability recently made the journey on the 'Saltash Hopper' community bus as part of an options day.

Accompanied by teachers Adam Killeya and James Edward, the group listened to sample lectures on topics including linguistics, international relations and lasers learning why some people say 'class' differently, why peace is tricky, and why a laser can be as hot as the sun.

They also had the chance to meet with current Oxford students, and to find out more about what Oxford, Cambridge and other top universities look for in potential students.

Mr Killeya, who led the trip, said: "Not every student will want to apply to Oxford and Cambridge and that's fine. What we wanted to ensure is that those students who have the ability don't decide not to try simply because they don't feel they know enough about it; we want to support aspirations and to encourage them to consider it as an option, as something they could do if they wanted to."

Mr Edwards added: "We really appreciate the help of the Saltash Hopper team in getting us there and back in a day, which made the trip possible."

Year 11 student Clara Oldfield commented: "It was a really interesting day because we got to find out more about Oxford and to chat to some of the students about what it's actually like there. I found the mini lectures that we chose and went to very interesting."



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