Trip to Oxford gives hope to top Havant students

DREAMING SPIRES Ten Warblington students spent a day at Oxford University
DREAMING SPIRES Ten Warblington students spent a day at Oxford University

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TEN top-performing Havant students have set their sights on the world’s top universities after spending an inspirational day at Oxford University.

The straight-A Year 10 boys and girls from Warblington School had a sample of life at Oxford as they chatted with students and enjoyed a guided tour of Wadham College and its student accommodation.

They also visited the Pitts River Museum, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of anthropological artefacts, where they explored a range of cultural objects like ancient Egyptian jewellery and native American canoe paddles, before browsing through the Bodleian Library.

Harry Dunk, 15, said: ‘It was a brilliant day out.

‘I’m passionate about astrophysics and discovered I will need to take both maths and physics at A-levels to study my subject at university.’

Mahia Haque, 15, said: ‘I feel inspired by what I saw. The facilities are amazing and I want to realise my dream of attending a top-flight university more than ever.’

The group joined students from across the country who were taking part in Oxford’s Pathways Scheme as part of Warblington’s gifted and talented programme.

Headteacher Julia Vincent said: ‘This is all about raising aspiration and making our students realise they have the potential to go to world-renowned universities.

‘They were all bowled over by Oxford and even though they’re still a couple of years off from applying to universities, now they’ve got a goal to work towards.’