Academy brainboxes come out on top in Cambridge University quiz

Aylesbury Vale Academy student Laike Deacon with Principal Fiona Froment

Aylesbury Vale Academy student Laike Deacon with Principal Fiona Froment

  • Teens battled it out against other schools on brain teaser challenge
  • Got a taste of higher education at top university
  • Year 10 pupil from Aylesbury school came out on top overall
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Bright Year 10 students from the Aylesbury Vale Academy went head to head with others schools to triumph in their own university challenge.

Ten teenagers from the academy visited Emmanuel College at The University of Cambridge for the day, which aimed to give them a taste of higher education.

The students were given introductory sessions by current undergraduates at the prestigious university day before they enjoyed lunch in one of the Cambridge Colleges, followed by an inter-school debating challenge and finishing with subject taster lectures.

The academy students were given a tour of Emmanuel College to see the facilities on offer before they competed against other schools in a debate over whether graduates should use the subject they studied after they leave university.

The day ended with two lectures, the first being about DNA sequencing and the second on brown fat – dubbed ‘the fat we never knew we had’.

Fiona Froment, principal at the academy in Berryfields, Aylesbury, said: “Throughout the day, students worked to complete the challenge, answering questions about famous alumni of the university, the courses on offer, completing brainteasers and general knowledge questions – and finally, questions about their own plans for the future.

Our fantastic students from the academy beat beat the other schools there to win the challenge

Principal Fiona Froment

“Our fantastic students from the academy beat the other schools there to win the challenge, with Laike Deacon being named the overall winner.”

Challenge Days give participants the opportunity to explore subjects that they may not previously have experienced, and offer a chance to meet current undergraduate students.