Inspire Year 11: Virtual Summer School and more!

We hope you and your family have remained happy and healthy during these stressful times! With a rather unusual summer term now underway, we have been hard at work transforming the rest of the Inspire Programme to suit our new circumstances, and we are now writing to provide you with an update about the Year 11 Inspire course.

Virtual Summer School

As previously announced, we will not be able to host the Year 11 Summer School at St John’s College this year given the ongoing public health situation. We are pleased to instead be able to host a virtual Summer School, which will consist of academic taster sessions and study skills workshops. All students enrolled on the Year 11 Inspire course will be eligible to attend; you will not need to submit an application. We will be in touch again with further details soon; in the meantime keep an eye on the Summer School page!

Final competition

In preparation for the virtual Summer School, we will be holding one final competition which everyone on the course is invited to enter. Considering everything you have read over the past three classes, including any competitions you entered or further reading you may have done on your own, we invite you to answer the course’s titular question: What is the power of a volcano? Your answer may not exceed 1,000 words and there are Amazon vouchers up to £50 available for the winning entries! The deadline to submit your entry is 5pm on Tuesday 30 June 2020.

Remember that everyone who enters at least one competition throughout the course will receive a certificate of participation at the end, so if you have not entered any competitions yet this is your last chance to do so!

Course evaluation

What did you think of this course? To help us improve the course and learn from this year, we have put together a short survey for you to complete. It will take 5-10 minutes and is entirely voluntary and anonymous.

You can access the survey here:

Thank you for your understanding regarding the changes we have had to make to the programme, and if you have any questions, please get in touch with the Inspire Team at