Educational Visits

University & Apprenticeship Fair – Milton Keynes Arena
8 March: I thought the trip was inspirational. It finally helped me decide what career I wanted to go into and what universities were best fitted towards it. I really enjoyed learning about all the opportunities there are and would love another similar trip soon.
Kelly, Sixth Form student

Kennedy Space Center

NASA Logo thbNASA trip of a lifetime
Toben, Soniya, Callum and Jonathan accompanied by Mr Sterland, had a wonderful trip and experienced what it is like to be working at the frontier of science, and to meet the engineers, scientists and astronauts who will take humanity to the moon, Mars and beyond.

Through reflecting on past successes and failures and looking to the future technologies the study visit will hopefully inspire the participants into reaching for the stars and being part of this new mission of exploration.

The participants were expected to record the experience through diaries and images to allow them to share it with a wider community whilst in America and on their return. Read their reports and see their video here

NASA Selection Process
Four very lucky students from Banbury Aspirations Campus Sixth Form have earned the opportunity to visit NASA in America. They take off on 13th February and return on 22nd February. Read their impressions of the selection process here

Year 13 Biology –  Science Live
Four of the Year 13 Biology students came with me to Birmingham to attend an A-level Biology day called Science Live.  We heard talks by eminent scientists including human fertility specialist Professor Robert Winston, research geneticist Professor Steve Jones, and science writer Dr Ben Goldacre. We heard fascinating talks about memory formation, eugenics, antibiotic resistance, the evolution of humans and the misuse of statistics.

In addition there were talks from an examiner, telling the students about common pitfalls in exam technique, and suggesting the best ways to approach revision.

The students found it interesting and informative, with lots of ideas from experts to make them think about real applications of Biology.

Dr Mary Brodey, Biology teacher

Sixth Form Students at the Houses of Parliament 

On the 26th November, a small group of Wykham Park Academy Sixth Form students were invited to London for a tour of the Houses of Parliament. The students were shown around all parts of this historic building including Westminster Hall, The House of Commons, The House of Lords and The Royal Robing Room. 

With Victoria Prentis MP

After the tour the students met with their local MP for North Oxfordshire, Victoria Prentis, for a brief insight into the life of an MP and what it means to play a key role in the UK’s democratic process. Victoria also answered questions put to her by the students on a range of local and national issues. The Horton hospital was discussed as well as school funding, Banbury Magistrates Court, criminal justice for youth offenders and even the prospect of a Nandos finding its way to Banbury soon!

At the Houses of Parliament

The participating students (and teachers) would like to publicly thank Victoria for her time and for her unique insight into our democratic system.

Read Victoria's tweet here:

Safe Drive Stay Alive
The year 13 students attended the Safe Drive Stay Alive event in Oxford on the 22nd November. The Safe Drive Stay Alive campaign reaches new and pre-drivers in an emotive and hard-hitting way, influencing behaviour and attitude on the roads. The event is a firm fixture in the Sixth Form curriculum and we are thankful to Thames Valley and Hampshire Police, local councils and emergency services for running the event. 

Year 12 What Career, What Uni? Event  
On Friday 12th October, our Sixth Form students experienced What Career Live in London. The event enabled students to gain information about their future through workshops, talks, one-to-one advice and stalls from various universities and employers. One of our sixth formers said: “This was a really good event to be at and a great opportunity to talk to universities and apprentices; they gave me a helpful idea of what different places offer. I recommend it to any sixth form student who’s unsure about what to do after A levels”.

Japanese students visit Banbury Aspirations Campus Sixth Form
Our Sixth Form was delighted to be host to 12 Japanese students for a second year. We had a buddy up system where our students took their buddies with them to experience some sixth form lessons. This was a fantastic experience for our students.

Japnese Students at Wykham Park

It was great meeting the Japanese students as they were really friendly and we were able to understand their education system; compared with ours, it is quite different. My buddy ‘Mion’ was lovely; she even offered me different Japanese sweets and food.