Hainault to Cambridge!
On Tuesday 9th November, students from The Forest Academy Campus of Beal 6th Form visited Newnham College, Cambridge University.
The day included tours of the university, college and accommodation, and meeting academic staff and students. Our students learnt about the application process, what it means to be a student at Cambridge University and Newnham College.

Mr Nortey, Head of Level 3, said: “Visiting Newnham College was an enjoyable, informative and possibly life changing experience for our students. It afforded them the opportunity to learn first-hand what it takes to study at elite universities.’

Fateha Jesmi, a Year 12 student said: “The trip to Cambridge was incredible, the buildings were beautiful, and the experience was incredibly motivational.“

Lemar Harmann, a Year 12 student said: “The Cambridge tour experience has helped me to break down my goals to make them more achievable.”
Lucy Hough, a Year 12 student said: “Oxbridge was always a possibility for my future but this trip has really solidified my dreams of attending a world class university.”

Will Mackintosh, Principal of The Forest Academy said: “This trip to Cambridge is part of our commitment at The Forest Academy and Beal 6th form to supporting our students to become successful learners, with high aspirations for themselves.”

Aisling Gilgeours, Schools Liaison & Outreach Officer, Newnham College, Cambridge said: “Newnham College was founded 150 years ago with the belief that education is for everyone. We remain committed to increasing access to higher education in general, and to the University of Cambridge in particular. Within our access and outreach programme, we work with state schools in our link areas (Redbridge being one!) to demystify the Oxbridge application process and support students from underrepresented backgrounds to apply to the University.”

Note for editors: Forest Academy is an Ofsted ‘Good’ school in Hainault, Redbridge, part of Beacon Multi Academy Trust. We have a shared-site 6th form with Beal High School. We are ‘One 6th Form, across two campuses, with three routes to success’. Students at Beal 6th form can study a range of A-level and vocational courses (which can be studied in isolation or combination) and we offer students a 3 year pathway, for those not ready to embark on Level 3 courses at the start of Year 12.

Find out more about Beal 6th Form here: Beal Sixth Form – Beal High School