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Lockdown is not holding back the Russell Group at CCF

CCF Sixth Form run a special programme for Year 12 students applying to top institutions – The Russell Group Programme. The aim is to prepare members of this group for the challenges such an academic application process involves.

In a normal year this would involve students engaging and applying for lectures at UCL; work experience at Imperial College; masterclasses at the University of Oxford; Sutton Trust Schemes; residential courses; Summer Schools; and even trips to the USA in the summer.

You might expect that lockdown and school closures might have interrupted our present Year 12s access to these sorts of events and opportunities. But you’d be wrong! They have taken much of the change quarantine involves in their stride. 

Over 10 students are still planning on going to a summer school online; 6 of our students are on one of the Pathways Schemes in Law, Coding, Engineering or STEM; 5 students have attended online masterclasses with the University of Oxford; work experience is still planned for many and the summer trip to the USA is still planned. The two CCF students with this exciting opportunity assure us that it has not been cancelled, yet.

Of course, the nature and delivery of these opportunities has changed but institutions, schemes and universities have risen to the challenge and proved that online delivery can still be worthwhile and engaging. 

The resilience of Year 12 students involved in this effort and work is astonishing and shows the determination this highly able group of students have. Their goals and aspirations are still clear, and they are focused on making the transition to a top university next year, despite the challenges the present circumstances pose.

The Sixth Form team at CCF never cease to be impressed by the application of these students. We wish them all the best.