Schools Liaison Initiative

The University of Cambridge is committed to admitting students of the highest intellectual potential, irrespective of social, religious or financial considerations. We hope to encourage all school pupils with the necessary ability, enthusiasm and potential to consider an application to Cambridge. King’s College aims to recruit the students who can most benefit from what we have to offer and we have initiated several schemes with this in mind.

The Schools Liaison Initiative sees King's organise and undertake visits to schools, as well as co-ordinate visits to the College by school pupils and teachers. Although we may have to prioritise engagements with schools from our link area, we welcome enquiries from any school or college, and we will try our best to work with any school that approaches us. We can provide sessions for students, teachers and other supporters of applications.
 


 

Opportunities for Students at UK State Schools

We have several initiatives that students and staff  from UK state schools can benefit from. Along with running several open days throughout the year, we also offer the following:

Shadowing Scheme

King's hosts Year 12 students from schools without a tradition of top university entry to stay in College and shadow a student studying their proposed course, as part of the CUSU Shadowing Scheme. Further information regarding this can be found in the 'Links' tab below.

Self Guided Tours of the College

King's are able to provide free entry to the College grounds and Chapel for UK state schools. If you are a teacher or careers advisor in a school and would be interested in this opportunity, please send us an email (to slo@kings.cam.ac.uk) with the following information:

  • Name of School
  • Address of School
  • Number of students in group
  • Numbers of teachers/ helpers in group
  • Date and time of visit

We require at least 3 weeks notice to organise these visits.

Please note that you will not be provided with a tour of the college but instead will be sent details in order for you to conduct a self-guided tour of the grounds and Chapel.

Cambridge Link Areas

The University's Area Links Scheme enables the Cambridge Colleges to build effective, coherent relationships with schools and colleges across the UK and:

  • Gives schools and colleges a direct way of staying in touch with the University by providing specific contact
  • Enables the Cambridge Colleges to get to know specific regions and the local educational environments

All Cambridge Colleges share a willingness to provide advice and guidance, and to listen to your perspectives on what we can do to help make Cambridge as accessible as possible to all students with the ability and potential to study here. More information about the link area scheme can be found on the central university website which is linked below.

King's College has a link to schools in the North East of England which includes schools in Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, East Yorkshire, Kingston-upon-Hull and York.

Year 12 Students in our Link Area

We also work particularly closely with UK state school within our link area, the North East of England where we often facilitate a visit  to King's College in order to show them at close hand what King's College and the University of Cambridge have to offer or, we visit the school. Our link area includes schools in Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, East Yorkshire, Kingston-upon-Hull and York.

Unfortunately we cannot host or organise such visits during our exam period (usually from the end of April to mid-June) and our admissions period (September to December).

Link area school and college visits to King's

Here at King's we are happy to facilitate visits for schools and colleges in our Link area so that students can experience a little bit of Cambridge. This is an opportunity for schools with students in Year 12 to visit one of the Cambridge University Colleges and receive further information about Cambridge University including, information about making applications to competitive universities . This is open to multiple schools on one day which will also provide students with the opportunity to network with other students from the North East. 

Visits from King's College

We visit schools and colleges to give presentations about the University of Cambridge and King’s, to run workshops on the application process and to participate in Higher Education events for individual schools or areas. Teacher training sessions and events for parents can also be arranged.

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An opportunity for schools with students in Year 12 to visit one of the Cambridge Colleges and receive further information about applying to the University.
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If you're visiting King's you may be able to make an appointment with one of our Admissions Officers during your visit.

Year 10 and 11 Students in our Link Area

Visits from King's College

We visit schools and colleges to provide advice and guidance for Year 10 and 11 students about selective universities in general and Cambridge in particular. The idea is to raise aspirations and show students what hard work at school could lead to. Practical advice will also be given about subject choices for A-level or IB. The aim is for these visits to be interactive and as such they will often include workshop activities depending on the size of the group. King's will work in conjunction with the school to ensure that each cohort of students is specifically catered to.

Link area school and college visits to King's

Here at King's we are happy to facilitate visits for schools and colleges in our Link area so that students can experience a little bit of Cambridge. This is an opportunity for schools with students in Year 12 to visit one of the Cambridge University Colleges and receive further information about Cambridge University including, information about making applications to competitive universities. This is open to multiple schools on one day which will also provide students with the opportunity to meet other students from the North East.

King's Access Bus

One of the most successful initiatives made by the College has been the student-run Access Bus which travels to the North East of England each year and visits a number of schools in the Easter vacation to run Higher Education workshops with Year 10 pupils. School student feedback on these visits has been very positive.

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An opportunity for students in Year 10 and Year 11 to visit one of the Cambridge Colleges and receive further information about Higher Education options.
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The Access Bus is an outreach initiative which sees King's students travel to the College's catchment area in the North East.

Contact Us

We are very happy to answer any queries that a school might have,  be that to do with an opportunity listed above, questions about making applications or any thing else that you might have questions about.

We have two Admissions and Outreach officers here at King's and you can get in touch by emailing us at: slo@kings.cam.ac.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Contact Details

Undergraduate Admissions Office
King's College
King's Parade
Cambridge
CB2 1ST

Tel: +44 (0)1223 331 255
Email: undergraduate.admissions@kings.cam.ac.uk

Teachers, parents and advisers may also find it useful to
read the advice provided on the central University website.