The Loughborough Grammar School and Loughborough High School Classics Departments took the Year 9 Greek pupils to Cambridge University on Saturday 20 January.
The day began with a tour of the fantastic Cast Gallery at the Faculty of Classics where the pupils were able to study the beautiful sculpture of Greece and Rome at close quarters. We were then given a tour of Trinity College by two Loughborough High School alumnae – it was fascinating to hear stories of Sir Isaac Newton’s time at the college and about the ongoing traditions such as The Great Court Run as immortalised in Chariots of Fire.
We were also able to eat lunch in their stunning dining hall and treated to a visit of the extraordinary Wren Library where we were able to see first editions of various classic novels. Various stories were told of undergraduate life at the university as we walked through the picturesque streets of the city after lunch and the day culminated with an opportunity to meet Professor Rupert Thompson at Jesus College. He fielded questions for over an hour from the enthusiastic and interested pupils, covering topics from ‘Bumps’ and Tiddlywinks through to the fine details of what studying a Classics degree entails and what to expect at interview. The trip was a great success and many thanks are owed the staff who organised it.