Cambridge Trip 2022

22 September 2022


On Tuesday 20 September, 9 Ralph Allen students joined 67 other students from BANES schools, for the annual residential trip to Trinity Hall College, Cambridge’s link college for the South West. The purpose of the visit is for state school students to find out more about what it is like to study at Cambridge, how the applications process works and what they can be doing now to prepare themselves for an application in the future. Students were welcomed by Rosie Gold, Trinity Hall’s Schools Liaison Officer, who had arranged a choice of 5 taster lectures for the afternoon covering a range of topics including an introduction to criminal law at university level, how to design an Olympic bike and research on cancer. In the evening students were free to find somewhere to eat in Cambridge and to explore the city independently. Students then stayed the night in undergraduate rooms in Trinity Hall College, one of Cambridge’s oldest, founded in 1350.

On Wednesday students attended a very informative presentation from Dr Marcus Tomalin, Director of Admissions at Trinity Hall, with detailed advice on studying at Cambridge and the applications process. This was followed by a thorough question and answer session addressing many of the students’ queries before they travelled back to Bath by coach.

Enormous thanks are due to Mrs Fran Bryden for organizing and co-ordinating such a successful trip – this is the first time that all 9 state schools in BANES have attended the trip – and the feedback from students was extremely positive. We hope they are in a strong position now to consider an application to Cambridge or Oxford in the future. (This trip is in addition to Ralph Allen’s own Oxford trip later this year where we are able to take a larger number students.)

Katie Rutter, Deputy Head of Sixth Form

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