Every year a group of King's undergraduate students travel to the North East to work with Year 10 school students in the state sector through a series of games and activities designed to raise aspirations and provide information about University opportunities.
This project has run since the year 2000 and has two principal aims:
- to increase awareness amongst students in the state sector of the opportunities available to them in Higher Education
- to dispel myths associated with Cambridge University, helping to build relationships between the University and schools that have little or no history of sending applicants to Cambridge.
Topics covered in sessions include considering University, the variety of subjects available, student timetables, extra-curricular opportunities, finance, making friends, types of accommodation, entrance requirements, career prospects and applying to Cambridge.
Access Bus 2013
The 2013 Access Bus worked with 27 schools in Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham, Yarm, Thornaby, Hartlepool, Redcar, Marske-by-the-sea and Saltburn-by-the-sea from 18 to 21 March 2013. Most sessions were with Year 10 groups, with occasional Year 9 sessions when Year 10 were not available.
Access Bus 2014
The 2014 Access Bus visited 26 schools in Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Yarm, Hartlepool, Redcar, Marske-by-the-Sea, Brotton, Guisborough and Billingham. Very many thanks to the schools for their warm welcome and their students for their enthuasiasm and excellent questions!
Access Bus 2015
The students with Casey, Olivia, Jack, Emma, and Morgan from Manor Community Academy in Hartlepool. Credit: Gary Murray
Access Bus 2016
The 2016 Access Bus will once more work with Year 10 pupils at schools in Middlesbrough and the surrounding areas. Dates are not yet confirmed but are likely to be similar to previous years. The tour will be funded by King's College and King's College Students Union. We will be in touch with schools in February 2016 to arrange sessions, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.