Summer School

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 public health situation, all St John’s College Inspire Programme events, including the Year 11 Summer School, are now suspended until further notice. We will be in touch if and when the situation changes, but for now it should be assumed that no events will be going ahead unless explicitly stated otherwise. Therefore you will no longer need to submit an application for the Summer School. We are sorry for this very disappointing news, but in the meantime, please do keep an eye on Inspire Digital and your emails for any further online opportunities.

Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time, and if you have any questions, please get in touch with the Inspire Team at with any questions.

Year 11 Summer School

You can find information about the Year 11 Summer School below; please be aware that this is for reference only and all St John’s Inspire Programme events are currently suspended until further notice.

The Inspire Programme Year 11 Summer School is an exciting opportunity for you to experience life as an undergraduate student at St John’s. You will attend workshops led by current university researchers, meet Oxford undergraduates and participate in fun trips around Oxford.

In order to be eligible, you need to:

  • Have registered for the Year 11 course by 29 November 2019
  • Have participated in at least one competition during the course
  • Submit your application for the Summer School to us at by 5pm on Monday 23 March 2020

This is a competitive application process, and there are 60 Summer School places available. Please make sure you include any dietary, medical or access requirements in your application so we can be sure to make suitable arrangements.

If you have any questions about the summer school, please get in touch with us at

When is it?

The Summer School will take place at St John’s College, Oxford from 2 August—4 August 2020.

How much does it cost?

Meals and accommodation are provided free of charge, and we have funds available to assist with traveling to and from Oxford. If you would not be able to attend the Summer School without financial assistance, you can find out more details here. Applications to this fund will be accepted until 1 July 2020.

What will happen during the Summer School?

You can see last year’s Summer School timetable here for an idea of the sorts of activities we will be offering, and here you can find some examples of last year’s research project posters. Below you can find a photo gallery of pictures taken by 2019 participants.

2019 Summer School Gallery