Trip to London for Academic Scholars

April 4, 2024

At the end of the Lent term the academic scholars enjoyed a well-earned academic enrichment trip to London. Their excursion encompassed museums, dinner and an evening lecture or theatre visit.

The museum trip began in the world-leading Exhibition Road in London. Lower Sixth aspiring medics headed straight to the medicine exhibitions in the Science Museum. Here they explored the relationship between medicine and health through 500 years of history, including seeing the world’s first MRI scanner and learning how post-mortems are conducted. Meanwhile, a group of arts enthusiasts were led to the Victoria and Albert Museum by our Head of Art History, Mrs Borthwick. As an expert in museum education, she keenly guided the pupils on a tour explaining the details of sculptures, before the scholars presented a visual analysis of an artefact to their peers.

After a delicious dinner, our science enthusiasts trekked across London to the Royal Institution where they attended the lecture “Our accidental universe” by ‘Sky at Night’ presenter Chris Lintott. The pupils were wowed by the surroundings of the Faraday auditorium, which has housed the original Royal Institution lectures and discourses since the 1800s. A second group of scholars enjoyed a visit to the refurbished Marylebone Theatre. They enjoyed a showing of “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man”, a hard-hitting, amusing and modern adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Christmas carol, relocated to modern London. It was especially poignant to watch the story in the heart of the vibrant city where it was set.

Scholarships at Bradfield College give outstanding pupils opportunities to be supported, stretched and challenged. From Shell onwards, each pupil is individually mentored and encouraged to access opportunities outside of the curriculum.

Josie Long, Gifted and Talented co-ordinator