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Christ’s College hosts inaugural HE + Masterclass

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Hereford’s HE+ Consortium was launched in February this year. It is one of the newest consortia in the HE+ scheme, a pilot project being developed by the University of Cambridge to encourage and support bright students through extension classes, masterclasses and workshops.

The visit included college and town tours led by current Cambridge students, and subject-focused masterclasses led by Cambridge academics.

Masterclasses were available in History, Medicine, Sciences, Theology, English, Law, Mathematics, and Classics.

Students also had the chance to meet and chat with current Cambridge undergraduates, including former Hereford Sixth Form College student Joseph Hooton.

Joseph is now one of the University’s CAMbassador team and works to encourage others from his home area, and elsewhere, to consider Cambridge. “I’ve had great experiences at Cambridge, made fantastic friends and also discovered many new hobbies, challenges and potential paths that I might not have done otherwise,” Joseph said. “I think it’s something that everyone should consider and I want to help show people like me that the opportunities are there for them.”

The Hereford consortium is led by Hereford Sixth Form College and includes John Masefield High School, Lady Hawkins’ School, The Hereford Academy,The Chase Technology College and Dyson Perrins Church of England Academy.

Lottie Mapp, 16, who studies at John Masefield High School, chose the History and Classics masterclasses.  “This is my first time in Cambridge,” she said. “I thought it might be a bit intimidating but I’ve settled in quickly. It’s been good to experience the style of teaching, and the breadth and choice available.”

Jennie Lewis, 17, is studying at Hereford Sixth Form College. She is taking masterclasses in medicine as she hopes to study psychology at university.

“HE+ has opened up a whole new subject to me. It’s a different way of learning – we’re interacting, and thinking about things in a much more sophisticated way.

“I’m enjoying this visit because it’s giving me an opportunity to see the university environment and an insight into what it would be like to study here.”

Paula Stirling, Director of Admissions for Christ’s College, said “We are very excited to be working with such talented and enthusiastic young people. Christ’s College was delighted to host the inaugural Hereford HE+ visit to Cambridge and we look forward to many more.”

Christ’s College welcomed almost seventy Herefordshire sixth-formers for Hereford HE+ Consortium’s first visit to Cambridge.

HE+ has opened up a whole new subject to me. It’s a different way of learning.
Jennie Lewis
Students from the English Masterclass

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