In April, Clare College Cambridge welcomed a group of twenty Year 9 students from schools in Tower Hamlets and their parents. The residential, hosted by Clare’s Schools Liaison team, was designed to inspire children to aim high and learn more about the university as well as encourage parents to support their child in making competitive applications to top universities like Cambridge.
Awarded funding by the Oxford and Cambridge Collaborative Outreach Network, the residential became one of the biggest parent overnight outreach events that the university has seen. Parents and children stayed in Clare’s Memorial Court and were treated to formal dinner in the Great Hall.
Current undergraduate students and Clare Student Ambassadors Jessica Lindley and Alexandra Ridley gave up their time to help out at the event by giving tours of the College and leading a fun-packed and competitive quiz night, which saw the parents win against their children by a mile!
Tasnia Begum, Clare student and alumna of Cambridge Heath Sixth Form, also shared her personal experiences of making the transition from Tower Hamlets to the University of Cambridge, which was regarded as one of the event’s highlights.
"Our stay at Clare College was truly inspiring. The helpful students gave us a tour of the college, and helped us with how we can cope when transitioning from Tower Hamlets, to a city like Cambridge. During the workshop, Ben and students assisted parents and children to find out what we need to be thinking about in the next few years in order to secure our success."
"It was a truly enriching experience that encouraged young students from all walks of life to aim high, both in academic and extracurricular spheres, to achieve excellence and secure places in internationally renowned academic institutions."
“Cambridge was a University I was quite excited about before the visit but the event has further enhanced my determination to get in and hopefully study Natural Sciences."
“Parental support has a big impact on a child's chances of going to university and on academic attainment more generally. So anything that helps parents to support their children during their education is a positive step towards raising the aspirations of young people. This event also gave us an opportunity to show both students and their parent or guardian that Cambridge welcomes people from all walks of life."