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An Oxford outing

25 November 2019

Five Westminster City School students have visited two prestigious colleges at the University of Oxford.

This informative and inspiring trip allowed our sixth formers to get an introduction to life at one of the world’s leading universities. Our students were given a tour of college grounds and facilities with current undergraduates, as well as enjoying lunch and attending an academic session at Oxford.

Year 12 student, Abbas, explains: “This trip was a truly enlightening experience, with the welcoming university students and surprisingly light hearted atmosphere making us feel at home. We went on an eye-opening tour of two colleges - Magdalen and Hertford - which differed greatly in environment and atmosphere. Magdalen had a more vintage style, while Hertford felt much more contemporary.

“We were also taken into the lecture hall where we talked to about the effects of high altitude on the human body and how it can lead to hypoxia, which was incredibly insightful.”

This University of Oxford trip for Westminster City School sixth formers follows a residential visit in September, by a selected group from our current Year 13, at Jesus College, University of Cambridge.

The University of Oxford remains the oldest university in the English-speaking world and is made up of 39 colleges, with a range of academic departments. Founded in 1458, notable alumni of Magdalen include poets Sir John Betjeman and Oscar Wilde, Private Eye editor Ian Hislop, George Osborne (former Chancellor of the Exchequer) and current politicians like William Hague, Dominic Grieve and Jeremy Hunt. Alumni of Hertford include author Evelyn Waugh, the first female Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and newsreaders Fiona Bruce, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Natasha Kaplinsky.

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