St Philip Howard Academy was incredibly lucky to be chosen by the Centre for Family Research at Cambridge University, as part of their continual research into family life and fertility in the modern age. 23 Year 10 pupils were selected by the school and university and invited on an all-expenses paid research day to work with the team of specialist doctors, PhD students and undergraduates.
On arrival we were greeted by the academic staff who welcomed us to the university and gave an overview of the day. We were soon whisked to lunch, eating in the Grand Hall at King’s College, one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges in Cambridge. After lunch we were presented with two drama pieces written by MA students studying Dramatic Writing at Central Saint Martins’ with guidance from award winning Artistic Director, Fin Kennedy. Following a seminar session in the afternoon students were treated to a tour of Cambridge and its colleges. There was a clear focus on the history of the university, along with some of its famous alumni and discoveries such as DNA, the proton, the electron and the splitting of the atom. The day ended with a lecture on studying at Cambridge, inspiring hearts and minds for the future.
Wow, what an amazing day and unbelievable opportunity for our students! We’d like to thank Dr Sophie Zadeh and Dr Vasanti Jadva for their outstanding hospitality and we wish they well in their continued research.