Aiming High with Year 10 On Tuesday 1st March, Year 10 students representing Penrice Academy attended a ‘getting in the top universities’ conference in Exeter. The conference, led by lecturer Peter Rowling from PiXL, was all about getting the best grades possible at GCSE and A Level, and planning ahead when it comes to university applications. Students heard the importance of extra reading, building portfolios and gaining experience and about university life and the types of courses available – from Viking Studies and Brewing to Law, Medicine and Sport. They also heard from Luke Chapman from Kings College London and Alice McCallum from Exeter College, Oxford, about what it takes to get into Britain’s top universities. Mr Knipe said: “This was a great opportunity to inspire Penrice students to ‘aim higher’ and consider studying at a Russell Group Universities in later years.” “Students were able to meet representatives from Kings College London, Oxford University and Cambridge University who explained the importance of independent research and wider reading within their chosen areas of interest and were provided with reading lists and a range of online resources to access. Students left the conference feeling enthused about the possibility of studying at a top university – a fantastic day with an amazing group of Year 10 students!” Following a Q&A session, Mr Rowling told students: “Today is about aiming high. No glass ceiling. You’re all bright young people, you’re all capable of the grades and you’re already working hard. If you start the process now, there’s no limit to what you can achieve beyond your school years.” Look out for more information about university application next term.