Leeds West Academy


Oxbridge Universities Trip

MFL Students Experience Oxford University Life

Year 8 and 10 students from Leeds West Academy attended Worcester College, Oxford, for a personalised Modern Foreign Languages widening participation event this month.

Throughout the day-long trip, students attended an Oxbridge information lecture; a Q&A session with current Modern Foreign Language students; a Q&A with the admissions director of Worcester College, and had a wider college tour with other First Year Undergraduates from several disciplines of study.

Oxford University also organised an additional visit and educational session with a curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum, which is part of the Natural History Museum. Students learnt about culturally significant objects from around the world, before being able to discover the other artifacts in the museum for themselves. They also had the opportunity to see an Egyptian mummy, dinosaurs and the shrunken heads from the Harry Potter films.

Ms Dixon, who led the trip, said: "Everyone agreed that their perception of university and going to redbrick institutions had completely changed. Our students now realise you don't have to wear suits every day to study within Oxbridge."

A student on the trip thanked staff for: "providing a real life-changing opportunity,' as she can now see herself going to university at this level of study.

Ms Dixon added: "All students were impeccably behaved, and represented Leeds West Academy as the outstanding linguists of the future we know them to be. Special thanks must go to our staff for facilitating and accompanying our students."