In the first week of term, eighteen students from years 9 and 11 were able to experience a three day residential at Downing College, Cambridge University. Downing College in the University of Cambridge was founded in 1800 by the bequest of Sir George Downing. Set amidst 20 acres of magnificent grounds in the heart of the city, Downing College is a community of committed scholars and students, current and future leaders in their fields.
Our students enjoyed tours of both Downing and Magdalene colleges and were able to experience what it’s like to be an undergraduate student as they were accommodated in impressive single student rooms of their own. The days included an informative visit to the newly-opened Museum of Zoology and workshops with academics on subjects such as medical ethics and cellular biology. Although the sessions were delivered by Cambridge staff, information about degree courses across UK universities was provided – as well as some very impressive breakfasts, lunches and dinners!
This visit is only one of the many post-18 outreach activities offered by The Purbeck School as we seek to support the higher educational and career aspirations of all. Do look out for our Careers Fortnight in November.