Two of our A Level students are celebrating after being accepted onto the prestigious Cambridge University Shadowing Scheme.
The scheme is extremely competitive and is intended to give students the exclusive opportunity to experience life at one of the top universities in the country
Srihitha Konreddy (Sri) who previously attended Rivers Academy (West London) is studying Maths, Computer Science and English Literature here at Strode’s. She found out about the shadowing scheme through our ‘A*spire Programme’ and applied on-line. They asked her a number of questions such as ‘what grades did she get in her GCSEs, what is she currently studying, and what would she like to study in the future.’
In January Sri travelled to Homerton College, Cambridge to shadow a current Cambridge undergraduate who is studying English. She attended lectures, seminars, took part in various activities, visited different parts of the campus and stay overnight on site to ensure she has an authentic view of Cambridge life.
After university, Sri’s long-term plans are to work at a prominent tech company in a role such as project management.
Willow Rolls is also from Rivers Academy and is studying Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Further Maths. She decided to choose Strode’s as her specialist sixth form college because she was excited about the opportunities that we had to offer and felt she was ready to leave the school environment behind her.
Willow also found out about the shadowing scheme through our ‘A*spire Programme’ and, like Sri, applied on-line, completing more questions and giving more information, including details of her current college course and what course she would like to sample at Cambridge. Willow will be shadowing a Natural Sciences undergraduate at St John’s College.
Willow plans to read either Biochemistry or Biomedicine at university and hopes to find a possible career in medical research.
Rowan Cookson, Principal at Strode’s College commented, “This will be a fantastic opportunity for both students to see what life is really like at one of the top universities. I am pleased that they have been given this opportunity and hopefully, this will encourage them to apply to Cambridge or another elite university so they can make an informed decision about their future.”
We wish both girls the very best of luck.