School Visit to Pembroke College, Oxford

Added: June 9th, 2016

A former Royds Hall Community School student who graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford with a degree in Economics and Management hosted a group of current students and their parents on a visit to Oxford University. Naveed Javaid left school in 2010 and, having graduated from one of the finest Universities in the land, wanted to encourage current Royds Hall students to follow in his footsteps. Naveed instigated the ‘Aspire Project’ at Royds Hall, pitched at those students with the potential to go on to study at either Oxford or Cambridge. The project has involved students and parents attending a special meeting at school with Naveed, ongoing mentoring of students by Naveed or his fellow graduates and culminating in a visit to Pembroke College, Oxford.

The University access team were very welcoming and made the group of 16 feel really special. There were a series of talks and discussions, a tour of Pembroke, Worcester and Christchurch College and a wonderful lunch in one of the grand halls. Current Royds Hall students and their parents got the chance to ask lots of questions and came away with the view that they do have the potential to study in such fabulous surroundings and would be very welcome. The weather was superb giving us all a chance to enjoy the fabulous buildings and scenery of Oxford in this special ‘access all areas’ tour.

The school would like to thank Naveed for organising such and excellent event – it was truly inspirational.