The day included sample lectures from the Education course, a tour of a Cambridge College, and the opportunity to debate controversial issues in education with students from other schools.

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Saskia Baron, who came from Maidenhead with a group from Cox Green School, enjoyed the opportunity to see Cambridge for herself. “I wanted to see if it’s for me,” she said. “You do come with a certain expectation of how it’s going to be – but I liked it.”

“It’s the first university I’ve seen around,” said fellow Cox Green student Matt Bull. “Cambridge has got a bit of a reputation; I was surprised by how modern it is, and how nice everyone is.”

Mr Aaron Oliva, Cox Green School’s Deputy Achievement Leader, said “As a school, we want to raise the aspiration of our most able students. Events like this help to get our students thinking about going to the best possible universities.”

Speaking the end of the day, Faculty of Education lecturer and Undergraduate Course Manager Liz Taylor thanked the students for participating and said “You can be sure of an excellent education here at Cambridge. Entrance requirements are high, but you won’t regret applying. I hope to see you in the future, and to teach some of you myself.”

Jacqui Howard, the Faculty of Education’s Schools Liaison Coordinator, who led the event was delighted with the great turn-out. She said “The day was a chance for students to find out just how multi-faceted the Education course at Cambridge is and the range of careers it can lead to. The students threw themselves into some really tricky topics and all of the lecturers were really impressed by them.”

The free events are part of a programme organised by the Faculty of Education to encourage academically talented state school students to aim high in their university ambitions, and to raise awareness of the unique aspects of the undergraduate Education course at Cambridge.

• For more information about studying Education at Cambridge, contact Jacqui Howard, Schools Liaison Coordinator at the Faculty of Education.

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