PUPILS from a Sunderland school were given a taste of life at a top university when they visited Oxford last week.
Nine Year 11 students from Red House Academy took the trip down south for special guided tours of some of the city’s oldest buildings.
The pupils saw the Bodleian Library, built in the 17th century, before being shown around Magdalen College, which was founded in 1358.
There was also time for the group to let their hair down as they had a go at punting along the River Cherwell.
Following the trip, all 11 students have said they are now more likely to apply for a place at university in the future.
Red House Academy’s History and Latin teacher, Steve Newman, led the trip and said it is important to inspire youngsters by showing them what they can achieve.
He said: “They had a fabulous time and it has made most of them think ‘yes, I want to go to uni’.
“They were shown places they would never normally get to see and it was nice to see another way of life.”
“What we are trying to do is really raise aspirations a bit, not just for Oxford University but for university in general.
“It just got them all thinking about the university process.”