In 2019, the Year 12 programme planned a series of Twilight Sessions throughout the year at schools and sixth form colleges in Ealing and Harrow. Sessions include a combination of academic taster talks by scholars from Oxford or other leading universities, and expert guidance on skills development and how to make an effective and competitive application to university. Students could apply to be part of either the Arts & Humanities strand or the Science & Maths strand of the programme.
A residential Summer School at St John’s College, Oxford, was also planned, where participants would continue to build skills and academic confidence, as well as to experience what life is like for an Oxford student.
Online Twilight Sessions
Only one Twilight Session was able to take place in schools, before COVID-19 and lockdown prevented in-person events from being hosted in 2020. However, the Year 12 Inspire programme quickly adapted to an online format. Academic Twilight sessions in both the Arts & Humanities strand and the Science & Maths strand were recorded and added to SJC Inspire, and pupils were able to email in their questions.
You can view the Twilight sessions here:
Virtual Summer School
Additionally, a specialised virtual Summer School was offered to pupils on each strand of the Year 12 Inspire Programme. You can see the timetables for the week below. Links to each day’s activities went live through the week, so pupils could work through tasks at your own pace and in whatever order they chose. Pupils were encouraged to focus on whatever interests you the most throughout the week.
Throughout the week, daily competitions were hosted, with a daily prize draw and prizes awarded. Solutions to the puzzles were uploaded the following day so pupils could check their work. During the Summer School, pupils were set a competition challenge to research and design an academic poster examining the impact of fake news on our world. Prizes were awarded to winning entries.
Timetables for each Summer School strand, and examples of Daily and Poster Competition Winners can be found by following the links below.