Pictures: The Becket School HE+ Conference in collaboration with Cambridge University

The Becket Sixth in West Bridgford was delighted to be chosen to host the HE+ Conference in collaboration with Peterhouse, Cambridge. 

The event was also attended by 120 pupils in year 12 from The Becket Sixth, Bilborough College, The Bluecoat Academy, Carlton Academy, The Nottingham Emmanuel Schoool, George Spencer Academy, New College Nottingham, Redhill Academy, Rushcliffe School, South Notts Academy, South Wolds Academy, Trinity School and West Bridgford School.

The conference is just one of the events being run in conjunction with the University of Cambridge to raise attainment and support the ambitions of students in the state sector.

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Each school has selected ten talented students who are aiming to study at a top university. Those students are attending masterclasses in subjects such as Music, German and Psychology run by local teachers and Cambridge academics at The Becket today, as well as learning about applying to university in general.

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Deputy Headteacher Kate Carroll from The Becket Sixth said:
‘We are delighted to be welcoming so many bright students from the state sector to their HE+ Conference.’

‘Understanding what is expected of them when applying for university and how to approach the planning for their A Level examinations is key to them succeeding.’

Widening participation projects, such as HE+, engage students from local schools and colleges and support their ambitions to achieve beyond the sixth form environment.

Students Imani and Kinga from The Nottingham Emmanuel School said:
‘We came today hoping to gain better insight through the masterclasses on offer and History is of particular interest. The day has been a success for us and it is a good way for students to gain knowledge on how to apply to a university such as Cambridge.’

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Dr Martin Thompson, Schools Liaison Officer from Peterhouse, Cambridge said:
‘Peterhouse and Cambridge are excited to be working with the Nottingham schools to help their students explore their subjects and prepare for university.’

Further information about HE+ can be found at