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    Sutton Trust Summer School

    During the summer holidays, some of our year 12 students were given the opportunity to take part in the Sutton Trust Summer Schools programme.

    “The Sutton Trust is the UK’s leading charity improving social mobility through education. We work to combat educational inequality and prevent the subsequent waste of talent. We are particularly concerned with breaking the link between educational opportunities and family background, and in realising a system in which young people are given the chance to prosper, regardless of their family background, school or neighbourhood.

    Founded by Sir Peter Lampl in 1997, the Trust has since funded and evaluated programmes that have helped hundreds of thousands of young people of all ages from low and middle income backgrounds and published over 120 research studies that have had a profound impact on national education policy.

    Funded with partners and host universities, the Trust currently supports nearly 2,000 students a year on their flagship summer schools programme.”

    Source www.summerschools.suttontrust.com


    My name is Hannah, I attended the University of Nottingham summer school, studying sociology, theology and ethics. I enjoyed the sociology lectures and the advice on applying to university was very helpful to me.


    My name is Caitlin and I studied education at Cambridge University summer school. I enjoyed painting by the river for one of the evening activities.


    My name is Jade and I attended Durham University summer school, I studied psychology whilst there. I enjoyed conducting my own experiment within the class I was in. I also enjoyed learning Mandarin Chinese.


    My name is Rhiannon. I went to Durham University summer school to study sociology and criminology. It gave me the opportunity to be very independent; I travelled there on my own on the train and made a lot of new friends who I still keep in contact with.

    The summer school involved taking part in many group activities, one of which was a research task where we had to learn about the university. We also went on a few trips outside the university which were really interesting, including visiting a court, where we watched cases and spoke to the judge about his job. We also visited a police station where we were able to try on riot gear. My favourite part of the week was the formal meal where everyone got dressed up and had a meal together before having a silent disco.

    At the end we had a mini graduation and we all graduated from the Sutton Trust Summer School. Overall it was a brilliant experience and I would recommend it to everyone!


    My name is Becky and I attended the summer school at Imperial College, London. During the four days I worked in an electronics lab, making a digital stethoscope, which we then used to see out heart beat!

    I was also taught the basics of an Arduino C Coding and how to set up a circuit using a bread board. This gave me a real taster into engineering and university, making me realise how much I want to further my study in engineering. 

    On the Thursday we had a formal dinner where we got to talk to Sutton Trust sponsors such as Barclays Bank. This was a great opportunity and increased my confidence overall, I had an amazing time and would highly recommend it to other year 12 students.


    My name is Megan and I attended Edge Hill University summer school programme, I studied dance while I was there. It was a fantastic experience and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to dance for 3 days and learning different ways to choreograph dances.


    My name is George, I attended the University of Nottingham summer school during the summer holidays. I studied biology and biomedical science and enjoyed using all of the equipment in the labs. I enjoyed making lots of friends and experiencing university life first hand.


    My name is Jo and I studied biomedical sciences at Oxford University summer school. I wrote a 2000 character personal statement about why I wanted to attend the summer school and was lucky to be chosen.

    Whilst I was there I had lectures on everything from organ systems to neuroscience, psychology to biochemistry: and at the end of the week I had a tutorial on stomach acid secretion. Learning about biomedicine with people that wanted to learn was amazing.

    But it wasn’t all work, each night we had a new activity to make friends. We saw the Oxford Imps who improvised scenes based on audience suggestions, a games night where I only fell over twice when playing ‘capture the flag’, also experienced an Oxford BOP, which is a fancy dress party.

    The highlight of my experience was hearing about Ed Milliband’s trip to the zoo from the Oxford Imps and playing ninja and mafia in the evenings.