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Cambridge Shadowing Scheme

Cambridge Shadowing Scheme

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

Jade Penman who previously attended The Magna Carta School is studying History, Politics and Law 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 Jade travelled to Trinity Hall College, Cambridge to shadow a current Cambridge undergraduate who is studying Law. 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, Jade’s long-term plans are to work in Law and perhaps become a Lawyer.

Autumn Clarke came from St Paul’s Catholic College and is studying History, English Literature and Language, Politics and Music Performance BTEC.  She decided to choose Strode’s as her specialist sixth form college because there was more of a community vibe here and she was impressed by our A*spire group that we run.  Also, that we were one of the only colleges in the area that do a joint English Literature and Language Course. 

Autumn also found out about the shadowing scheme through our ‘A*spire Programme’ and, like Jade, 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.   Autumn plans to complete a joint History and English degree and ultimately, her long term goal is to be a music journalist.

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. 

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