Year 12 visit to the University of Reading

24 May 23

On Wednesday 24th May, Year 12 had their first taste of life after sixth form whilst visiting the University of Reading. This trip was a significant experience in helping students decide whether university is the right choice for them.

After being warmly welcomed by student ambassadors from the university, the day was kicked off with some friendly competition in the form of a Kahoot quiz. The quiz tested our students' current knowledge of university degrees, apprenticeships and gap years.

The highlight of the day was a talk on personal statements, which Year 12 will begin writing this half term. Having a clear outline of how to structure the statement, alongside additional features of what admissions tutors are looking for will set them in good stead for sending their applications off in January.  One student described the day as a “very important experience that has really impacted the way I’ll write my personal statement”. 

The sunshine was out as students toured the campus, allowing them to see first hand what it would be like to study at Reading. Student ambassadors were on hand to answer questions about the university experience, societies, social life at university and more. A student described how they “enjoyed how green the university was - I thought I’d only want to study in London but this made me rethink”. 

Overall, it was a trip that highlighted to students that their time at Ruislip High School has sufficiently prepared them for the wealth of opportunities awaiting them and inspired them to start thinking about where they see themselves after leaving Ruislip High.

Many thanks to all staff whose support enabled the trip to take place!