Visit to Cambridge University prompts students to look at languages afresh

Sixteen students from Jack Hunt School took part in a Languages Master Class Day at Cambridge University recently. More than 100 gifted and talented students from 13 schools in the Eastern region attended the event which focused on Italian.

The Year 11 students were given an introduction to Cambridge and the applications process, a taste of undergraduate teaching, and a tour of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. The Jack Hunt students had lunch at St Catharine’s College and later took part in a question and answer session led by current undergraduates.

Jenni Gandi, 16, said: “Cambridge is a very beautiful city and the visit was really educational. If you study languages it opens up lots of options for you – I’m studying French and I love it.”

Fellow pupil Kaotar Azoui, 15, added: “Cambridge has lots of historic buildings and greenery – I’d never been there before. The trip was a chance to see what it’s like at a university that’s famous all over the world.”

The Jack Hunt students were accompanied by Deputy Curriculum Area Leader for Modern Foreign Languages, Mary-Anne Lincoln. “Our Year 11 students are thinking about their options at the moment so it’s really helpful for them to see the value to taking languages beyond GCSE. It also helps them to realise that Cambridge and other top universities are open to everyone,” she said.


PIC: In the front court at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (left to right): Jack Hunt students Rebecca Lee, Jenni Gandi, Rachel Whitely and Kaotar Azoui.