Biggest Ever Summer School

Students learn about the Physics of Flight at the Department of Engineering

This July's Year 12 summer school at Homerton was bigger than ever before, with numbers of students doubled from previous years.  75 students from 42 different schools attended over the four days.  

The summer school is part of an array of activities at Homerton aiming to encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to consider applying to university. Most of the students came from Homerton’s link areas of Doncaster, Rotherham, and the London boroughs of Kingston, Richmond, and Hounslow - but the event attracted students from all over the UK.

The summer school featured three strands –the Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, and the Arts and Humanities – with students signing up to the sessions that most interested them. Morning lectures covered a wide variety of topics, from Physics to Zoology to Law. The afternoons were more interactive, giving students a chance to get out into departments such as Chemistry and Engineering, visit university museums and get hands-on with the teaching collections, or attend sessions designed to develop skills such as source analysis.

Michelle Chong of Thomas Rotherham College said, “The medicine talk was very informative in what we were required to do to apply and we were able to observe a role play of a mock consultation”.

As well the academic side of things, students also had plenty of time to socialise and really experience Cambridge for themselves. They had an afternoon of free time in the city centre, where they could look around the Colleges and shops. On the evenings they took part in a murder mystery organised by Homerton Admissions Tutor Dr Paul Elliott, a formal dinner, and a range of activities put on by our student ambassadors, including a pub quiz and a table tennis tournament.

On the final day students were able to sign up to supervision slots, in order to experience the unique form of small group teaching offered by Cambridge and Oxford. The residential drew to a close with a talk from our Admissions Tutors, Steve Watts and Paul Elliott.  This talk discussed how to make a good application to highly competitive universities like Cambridge, and lay misconceptions about the application process to rest. 

Steve said, “It was great to see so many bright and committed sixth formers really keen on learning more!”

Student Louise Bate of Gumley House School said, “A great event. Homerton lives up to its name as a friendly College: thanks for having me!”

Picture: Students learn about the Physics of Flight at the Department of Engineering