Blackpool 6th Form College recently hosted an Excellence Academy for Year 9 students and invited 15 teams from local schools whose students have ambitions to go to Oxbridge. They discussed medical ethics in week 1 and furthered this discussion in week 2 with looking at the ethics of using nuclear weapons. The theme of week 3 was public speaking based on their own research and the final week saw a team debate using the Oxford University debating rules.
Over the 4 weeks, the teams accumulated points and South Shore Academy were placed 3rd out of the 15 teams and received bronze certificates.
All the pupils who took part have developed massively in skills and confidence and are now really excited about future opportunities and hopefully Oxbridge applications.