Oxford : Opportunity
Rawmarsh students had an insight into life as a student at the University of Oxford.
Oxford University is made up of more than 30 different colleges, and overall there are degree courses available in over 50 subjects at Oxford ranging from Archaeology and Anthropology to Law, Physics and Music. Colleges are academic communities, where students usually have their tutorials. Each one has its own dining hall, bar, common room and library, and lots of college groups and societies.
For our visit we were hosted by Dan from St Peter’s College; https://www.spc.ox.ac.uk/
Dan explained the courses that are available at Oxford and recommended things to consider when making options choices at Y8 and Y11 if studying somewhere like Oxford was an option that students wanted to keep open to them. The main advice was to ‘do what you love’ since that enthusiasm will shine through and ‘if you can then study A-Level Maths since it opens up a wide range of opportunities’. Students carried out an academic debating activity covering topics such as ‘can war ever be a good thing?’ and ‘are real-life friends better than online friends?’ Rawmarsh students were incredible at voicing, explaining and justifying their opinions on a wide range of subjects.
After a short walk through Oxford, we then had the opportunity to visit the neighbouring Christ Church College: https://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/.
A much larger college with impressive surroundings and facilities including the Bodleian Library this college was the inspiration for the Great Hall in Hogwarts and the ‘restricted’ area of Hogwarts Library was filmed on location at this college. The visit was even more special because our very own Miss Hussain graduated from Oxford in 2017 and came along with us on our visit to share her own experience of being a young person educated in Rotherham and progressing to take the opportunity of studying a degree at Oxford. An inspiring day for us all and definitely an opportunity for Rawmarsh students to consider.
Transport for visits like this is made possible for our students due to our partnership with HEPPSY+ ; https://extra.shu.ac.uk/heppsy/