Introduction to the Summer School: Years 9 & 10

Welcome to the St John’s Inspire Programme Summer School – 2022!

On this page you will find information about how to access and navigate the Summer School material and how you can share your work with us. You can also find more information about St John’s, including an interactive tour of the College – so scroll down for more!

How to navigate the Summer School

Your first port of call for all Summer School activities will be the timetable page for your strand of the Summer School – there are three strands so make sure you have the correct Timetable for your strand! You will know which strand you are on from your year group.

All Summer School content will go live on these pages, with new material added every day at 10am between Monday 1st August and Friday 5th August – just click on the links from the Timetable to access all activity pages, videos, skills sessions, and academic talks. There will be a suggested order for each of the sessions, however you are free to work through the material in any order you like!

All activities will be available until Friday 23rd September 2022. This means you can re-watch any sessions you loved, catch up on things you missed, and fit the Summer School around your holidays or other commitments.

What you can expect

Each day there will be a mix of activities, an academic session and a virtual GLAM (Gardens, Libraries and Museums) visit. You can choose which order you would like to look through the content, and revisit any elements as often as you like!

You can also browse our Career Inspiration page, where alumni (past students) of St John’s, along with alumni of Oxford and other universities have spoken to us about their degrees and their careers after university.

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Oxplore Challenge

You will also have the opportunity to engage with a daily Oxplore Challenge. As the ‘Home of the Big Questions’, Oxplore delves into some of the biggest contemporary events. Each day you will be provided with a new question, which you can consider and then respond to.

Instructions for each challenge will be provided from Monday 1 August.

You can work on your challenge task around your other activities, or set aside some time after you have completed the other activities. 

If you do complete a challenge task, don’t forget to share this with us by email, using the instructions above!

Tour of St John’s College

You can explore St John’s virtually via this interactive tour, courtesy of our very own mascot, Agnes the Lamb!

Learn more about life at St John’s, visit our beautiful quads and gardens, explore the library, and view some student accommodation. You’ll also encounter some fun facts along the way – find out why the college library still holds a cannon ball from 1644, which part of the college is haunted by the ghost of a barmaid, and which king allegedly fell asleep and tumbled into the fireplace in the College hall!

Learn more about the College

You can learn more about St John’s College and its buildings by clicking here, and also learn more about the long history of the college, dating back more than 400 years!

Meet the team

The Inspire Programme Summer School is brought to you by the dedicated Access & Outreach Team at St John’s College. Click below to find out more about us!