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Working with schools and colleges

   The visit to Sidney Sussex was really worth it. It has changed my perspective on Cambridge and I now feel that I can aspire to go there.

Year 11 pupil at West Hill School


School Visits

Sidney Sussex hosts visits to Cambridge by schools and colleges from across the country. Programmes are flexible but usually include a talk from the Schools Liasion Officer or the Admissions Director (which can cover a range of topics such as courses, student life and the admissions process) and the opportunity to meet with current undergraduate students and tour the College. Programmes sometimes include a sample lecture or workshop led by an academic member of the College. It is also possible to arrange other educational and social activities in and around the College for example a museum visit or a tour of the city.

The Schools Liasion Officer and the Admissions Director also visit schools and colleges to talk to students and teachers. Please get in touch with our Schools Liasion Officer if you would like to organise either a visit to Sidney Sussex for your students, or to request a visit to your school or college from the Admissions Director.


Area Link Scheme

As part of the University of Cambridge's Area Link Scheme, Sidney Sussex works with schools and colleges in the following areas in particular (but not exclusively): Blackpool, Bury, Lancashire, Oldham, Staffordshire, Stoke, Tameside, Warrington, Wigan, Kensington and Chelsea. We are also very happy to work with schools and colleges from outside these areas.


Summer Schools

Details to be added soon.


Access Tour

Every year, a group of between 6-8 Sidney undergraduates volunteer to spend a week visiting the schools and colleges in one of our Area Links to speak about their personal experiences of studying at Cambridge. This is a fantastic way for schools and colleges to hear a first hand account of what it's like to be a student at Cambridge. We visit the areas we regularly work with on a rotational basis each year. In 2016, our students spent a week visiting around 15 schools and colleges in and around Stoke-on-Trent.

Details about the 2017 Access Tour (which will take place in September) will be added here in due course.


Sidney students talking to some Year 11s at Thistley Hough Academy

Sidney students present to a group of Year 11s and 12s at St Joseph's College