One hundred students from 21 different state schools were welcomed to Cambridge for a day of activities aimed at inspiring the students.

Today has helped to break down barriers, helped our students to aspire, and encouraged them to reach for the skies.

Michael Gannon, Assistant Headteacher, Arthur Terry School, Sutton Coldfield.

The Future Scholar Awards programme is a Department for Education initiative, focused on young people who have the academic potential to win places at selective universities but who might lack the confidence to see themselves as realistic applicants.

Students came to the University of Cambridge from schools in East Anglia, London, the West Midlands and Yorkshire.  Their day included a tour of one of Cambridge’s 29 undergraduate Colleges, a Q and A with current undergraduates, and the opportunity to try punting on the Cam.

Michael Gannon accompanied a group from Arthur Terry School, Sutton Coldfield, where he is Assistant Headteacher.

“Today has helped to break down barriers, helped our students to aspire, and encouraged them to reach for the skies,” Michael said.

Arthur Terry student Reece was encouraged to come on the visit by his teachers.  “I wanted to see what it was like at a university, so I know what to expect in the future,” said Reece, who hopes to study business at university. “I liked the tour, and that we got to ask questions.”

Rachel Lister, the University of Cambridge’s Head of Student Recruitment and Information, said “We were delighted to take part in the Future Scholars Awards programme and to welcome students to Cambridge from across the country. 

“The event has enabled us to introduce students to our current undergraduates and show that they could study at a leading university.

“We have also had the opportunity to meet with teachers and answer their questions about the University.”

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