A group of King’s students have just visited 24 schools in North East England. The eleven students travelled north with the King's Schools Liaison Officer and worked with some 700 school students in Middlesbrough, Redcar, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington and Hartlepool.
The visits were part of the 2010 Access Bus tour, an annual tour organised by King's student volunteers. The volunteers create and present activities for Year 9 to 12 students, activities that are designed to get each age group thinking and talking about university life. The King's students share their own experience of university life and debunk misconceptions about Higher Education in general and Cambridge in particular.
This year, the workshops for Years 9, 10 and 11 looked at finances, accommodation, considering university, extra-curricular activities, and the differences between school and university study. The school pupils said that "it was really good to talk to people who actually live and learn there." They also said that university seemed "more fun than I expected" and that "Cambridge doesn’t seem as posh now."
Activities for Year 12’s focused on applying to Cambridge. The activities offered advice about personal statements and interviews, and gave plenty of time to chat in small groups with the King’s students, some of whom were in Year 12 and applying themselves just over a year ago.
One Year 12 student wrote: "Before I was unsure about applying to Cambridge, but seeing how enthusiastic the students were and hearing what they had to say about their experiences has made it seem a lot less daunting."
The project was generously funded by King’s College, King’s College Students’ Union and AimHigher Tees Valley. The College is very grateful for the hard work and support of the school teachers and AimHigher co-ordinators who helped to make the trip possible and ensured its smooth running.