Starting off the academic year with some inspiration for our Y13 Apollo students, today Dr Charlotte Houldcroft (a past Friary student herself) visited the school to run a brilliant and informative workshop, to explore with them the process of applying to the most prestigious UK universities.

Charlotte, who graduated from Oxford University, now works as a Science lecturer at Cambridge University and so was able to offer invaluable first-hand advice, guidance and support to our students, based upon her personal experiences of being both an Oxbridge student and lecturer. As part of the morning, Charlotte explained how students should best prepare for interviews, how to make their personal statements stand out, how to ensure that they get the most out of university studies and what they should be prioritising in their studies so as to secure an offer. This provided students with answers to many of the questions they had about their upcoming year of their university application process.

Sarah Cresswell, Head of Sixth Form, said: “Having Charlotte visit the school is always such a great opportunity for our students to see and speak to an ex-Friary pupil who has gone on to achieve great success. Not only does it inspire them, it also provides them with the encouragement and belief that students at this school can and do go onto to achieve incredible things. Pupils were able to shared ideas, ask key questions and were given the chance to participate in personalised one-to-one meetings with Charlotte, which they were incredibly grateful to have had. It has definitely motivated them!”