Virtual Stretch & Challenge

Solihull Sixth Form College held a virtual Stretch & Challenge Summer School this week to support students applying for some of the most challenging Higher Education destinations.

There were a series of online events running, starting with a live streaming lecture from Dr Steve Hewitt from the University of Birmingham entitled ‘Terrorising History: The Long History of Terrorism’. In addition, Lucinda Rumsey MBE, Admissions Tutor at Mansfield College, Oxford ran an online seminar on studying at Oxford and Cambridge for those Year 12 students looking to apply this Autumn. She was joined by ex-student Pete Miller (pictured above with Sara Harb, the Access Officer at Mansfield College at the University of Oxford), who left the College last summer and is currently reading English at Mansfield College, Oxford.

Some of the live events focused on particular subjects and careers. For example, Dr Gordon Dent from Keele University delivered a live stream lecture to Year 12 students about applying to university to study Medicine. Meanwhile, Dr Heather Rose from the University of Birmingham gave a Chemistry lecture and Dr Christopher Langley from Newman University conducted an online lecture for History students. Other sessions running targeted students studying English, Maths, Law, Music, Visual Arts and History. In Modern Languages, former students were also involved; Luke Townsend, who has spent a year in Russia as part of his degree after taking Russia ab initio at College, was part of this session.

Stretch & Challenge Week concluded with a webinar from a former student Sam Sayer. The Oxbridge student delivered a Personal Statement Challenge with Year 12 students.

Deborah Smail Ross has been heading up plans to organise this event. She said:

“We’re so grateful to our friends from Higher Education for giving up their time to deliver these live lectures. Our most ambitious students aiming for places at Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group Universities, not to mention those applying for competitive courses like Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science, are going up against the best students not only in the UK, but from around the world. The Stretch & Challenge Summer School is aimed at getting them off to the best possible start with those applications.”

19 June 2020