This July, Norwich School once again hosted the University Summer School for Year 12 pupils from across Norfolk. During the week-long event, pupils from 12 local schools experienced a taste of university life with lectures from subject specialists and seminars offered by Norwich School teaching staff helped by students who had completed the summer school and were now at university. The pupils discovered more about applying to the most competitive universities including Oxbridge, how to make successful applications to Veterinary and Medical Schools as well as getting information about studying overseas. Pupils took part in practice interviews in their chosen subjects and received tailored advice about writing personal statements. This process will continue into the autumn as the pupils put together their UCAS forms.
The Summer School organiser, Will Croston, Head of UCAS and Careers at Norwich School said: “Welcoming so many people from across the county is a highlight of the academic year. It was great to see over 80 pupils taking part in subject tutorials ranging from English to Veterinary Science, from Arabic to Mandarin via German as well as listening to guest lecturers exploring Dark Tourism, Japanese Culture and Actuarial Science. Students also heard presentations from different universities including Harvard, Lancaster, Leeds and Dundee.” For many pupils, this was the first time they had experienced university-level teaching and were introduced to undergraduate style teaching.
A particular highlight was the interview afternoon where each student had the chance to experience two contrasting academic interviews. Feedback from pupils who enjoyed the week was highly positive. Pupils described the week as “interesting, content-filled, varied, exciting and motivating”.
Norwich School will continue to run this important feature of Norfolk's Higher Education Calendar, applications for Next Year's Summer School will open in the Spring of 2020.