Trip to Oxford University
On Tuesday, Mrs Budden, Mr Jones and Mrs Donald led a trip for Lower Sixth Form students to Oxford to give them a taste of what studying there might be like.
The day started with a guided tour of the beautiful Brasenose College by three current students at the college, one of whom is a Reigatian, Sophie Gunning. Following a fascinating tour and having asked a considerable number of questions, the group set off to explore more of Oxford. Mr Jones, a previous student at Brasenose, gave an engaging and informative tour of the university colleges stopping at many of the key sights. Seeing the Bodleian Library, Christ Church College and the covered market were particular highlights.
Students then went to find somewhere to have lunch and were also able to return to any sights that they wanted to see. A few went to the History of Science Museum where they saw Einstein’s blackboard from lectures he gave in 1931.
After lunch, the group headed to Hertford College where to meet two Reigatians. One was Maddie Withers who only left RGS two years ago but is making her mark as a choral scholar and Music undergraduate. The other was Dr Benjamin Skipp who is college lecturer and organising tutor in Music at Hertford. They both gave the group an entertaining and absorbing talk and tour about Hertford and its architecture as well as its history and what life was like at Oxford. This was followed by a talk by Dr Nathan Stazicker about the admissions process at Oxford which was a fascinating insight to how to apply and how best to prepare.
The sun shone all day revealing the beauty of Oxford and it hopefully inspired many to think about an application to go to university there.