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The Basildon Academies

Cambridge visit makes ‘maximum impact’

Sixth Form students Anthonia and Daniel recently had the chance to spend the day at Emmanuel College, one of the largest colleges of the University of Cambridge.

The visit was part of ‘Inspire2INVOLVE’ - a programme jointly organised by Villiers Park Educational Trust and Emmanuel College - and provided an invaluable opportunity for the two students to experience the historic college for themselves.

The Year 12 students were given a guided tour by Fellow Dr Corinna Russell and took the opportunity to ask her advice about their current pathways to university and the degree courses on offer. 

Anthonia, who is studying A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology says she gained massively from the visit: “I would like to become a Doctor or a Scientist but I wasn’t sure what study options would help me meet my goals. I met with the Admission Tutor for Medicine, who was very encouraging.” She adds that his advice was “awesome!” She was also offered direct access to valuable support and guidance via email whilst she is considering her options for the future.

Daniel, who is studying Computer Science with an ambition to become a Games Designer, was really impressed with what he saw on his visit to the historical college, and its beautiful buildings and grounds “The visit taught me a lot about what university life is like here. The environment is inspiring”, he says. 

With their tour still fresh in their minds, the two students got started on their INVOLVE project whilst still at Emmanuel College. The project, an idea of Anthonia and Daniel's choosing, aims to deliver an outcome which will benefit other students at The Basildon Academies. The title of their project is, very fittingly, ‘Maximum Impact’ and aims to offer GCSE students a comprehensive information resource for accessing support around exams, and in particular coping with anxiety and stress. “This is a great experience for us to take the lead in a university style project and to help students who are approaching their GCSE exams.” say Anthonia and Daniel.

Upon successful completion the two students will receive an accreditation from Villiers Park Educational Trust recognising this fantastic achievement.

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