Breaking the mould: Herefordshire HE+ students explore Cambridge

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Students from the Herefordshire HE+ consortium enjoyed a two-day residential at Christ’s College last week, including a visit to the Cast Gallery in the Museum of Classical Archaeology.

The 71 sixth formers came from Hereford Sixth Form College, John Masefield High School, The Chase High School and Dyson Perrins High School. 

They are participants in the HE+ project, which aims to encourage and prepare bright students to become competitive applicants to selective universities like Cambridge.

During the residential, the students gained a flavour of university life through staying in college accommodation, attending lectures, undertaking tours of the University and visiting its museums and collections. The residential also included masterclasses led by Cambridge University academics.

Students also met current Cambridge undergraduates, including former Hereford Sixth Form College student, Joe Hooton, now a third year Natural Sciences student, who is one of the University’s CAMbassador team and works to encourage others from his home area to consider Cambridge.

Hereford Sixth Form College student, James Thompson, said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Christ’s College. The Masterclasses were worthwhile and interesting and it was beneficial to hear what current students had to say about things like interviews, enrolment and what Cambridge is like itself. It has certainly made me interested in applying there.”

Caroline Baylis, the HE+ Consortium Co-ordinator from Hereford Sixth Form College, said, “We are very grateful to staff and students at Christ’s College for their amazing hospitality (and excellent food!) and for challenging us to think more deeply about the subjects presented in the masterclasses.”

  • Main Photograph: With Jennie Thornber, Education and Outreach Co-ordinator for the Museum (Back row, 3rd from left) are: Bethany Berry (The Chase High School), Kieran Green (Dyson Perrins High School), Bronwen Hopkins (Hereford Sixth Form College), Kim Palmer (John Masefield High School), Hugo Sansome (Hereford Sixth Form College), Liv Shalofsky (John Masefield High School),Emily Wainwright (Hereford Sixth Form College), Leah Wild (The Chase High School), Ellie Williams (Hereford Sixth Form College)

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