With a High Achievers programme designed to inspire the most able of Harrow Way’s students it doesn’t get more inspirational than a visit to Oxford University.
Fifteen students from Years 8 and 9 visited the oldest university in the English-speaking world as part of the school’s initiatives to raise students’ aspirations and prepare them for a successful future.
As a collegiate university, Oxford consists of the central University and 38 colleges. Hosted by a tour guide the Harrow Way students were given an in depth tour of Christ Church college, one of the largest of the University’s colleges. Time spent with two current students, one under and one postgraduate, provided some useful inside information into the application process, realities of studying at the University and the social side of college life.
A tour, encompassing the city centre, the outside of the other colleges and the new £70m Andrew Wiles Building, Mathematical Institute completed the picture for the Andover students.
Commenting on the value of the trip, Head of Year 8 Lawrie Carter said: “Although university is a number of years away for these students, it is still very important that they consider their options and their future. We encourage all our students to aspire to be the very best they can, to have an ambitious goal because that will drive them to work hard and succeed with their studies here at Harrow Way.”
The trip to Oxford was a result of Mr Carter’s fortnightly sessions with high ability Year 9 students. During these regular meetings the ‘All Stars’ students’ progress is discussed and various opportunities explored which the students feel would benefit them.
For more information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.