Mrs Pitman and Mr Puddy took 14 year 12 and 11 students to Oxford just before half term. They were all introduced to Friesland’s new ‘link’ college – St Edmunds, often nicknamed Teddy Hall.

They were informed that St Edmunds, in contrast to our previous link college, Corpus Christi, is one of the biggest at Oxford but still retained that quaint, historic charm of Corpus Christi with some more modern additions and of course larger spaces. 

Students learned about the collegiate system and the educational and wider experience that is provided whilst at Oxford. Students asked questions regarding student life, both academic and social, and toured the college with current students.  

During the day year 12 gained further insight to the application process and year 11 had an engaging session regarding academic thinking. 

An obvious perk of the day was a free, good lunch hosted in St Edmunds impressive dining hall, during which it was the turn of one of our year 12 students to offer Oxford undergraduates and graduates advice on how to use social media effectively as a digital marketing tool. 

 Finally, students seized the opportunity to sample the atmosphere and architecture around the city of Oxford, including trying to spot Timothee Chalamet who is currently filming in the city! For Harry Potter and Downton Abbey watchers, they may have been impressed to see Jim Carter walking by, accompanied by security, whilst in 1930’s period dress. 

Our Access and Outreach Officer from the university will be visiting Friesland later this year to talk with year 9 and 10 students. 

A special thanks to Mrs Pitman for driving the minibus once again and to our students for being fabulous company and a credit to Friesland.