Year 7 pupils impress during their visit to Cambridge

Last week, saw our Year 7 pupils visit Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, as part of their first university trip. Pupils were encouraged to aim high and develop their growth mindset on this trip to Cambridge University; which is currently ranked the number 1 university in the UK and 4th in the world. Stephen Hawking was a fellow of Gonville and Caius and the quote placed inside a courtyard in his memory was fitting for our visit “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet”. The pupils modelled our values as a school so well on the visit that they were described as “the politest school group that has ever visited the campus” by the university porters.

A stand out part of the trip was when pupils met and had a tour of the campus by current undergraduate students from a variety of backgrounds, studying courses ranging from Natural Science and Medicine to Law and Theology. These students inspired our Year 7 pupils to keep working hard, and to place importance on extra reading & research on topics they find interesting. Some pupils were even lucky enough to try on the undergraduate students’ formal gowns.

Ark Pioneer pupils also got to see some of the amazing sights that Cambridge has to offer: Kings Chapel, Senate House, punting on the river Cam and the backs.

To sum up the trip, Adeel from 7 Juniper said; “I really enjoyed the day, the college had lots of energy and I learnt more about university life. I am inspired to work harder on the subjects I enjoy, so when I leave school I have lots of opportunities open to me”