Twelve of our Loyola students, spanning across Year 9 and 10, set foot in Oxford recently, marking the beginning of an enriching experience. With eager hearts and curious minds, they delved into the realm of higher education, immersing themselves in the rich tapestry of knowledge that Oxford University had to offer.

Their journey was not merely a physical one but a journey of discovery, as they gleaned insights into the intricate process of pursuing higher education. From understanding the nuances of university life to unraveling the mystique surrounding Oxford specifically, the pupils were poised to absorb every bit of information presented to them.

The day unfolded with a series of captivating tours, allowing the students to step into the hallowed halls of academia. Lincoln College and Keble College opened their doors, inviting the pupils to explore their historic grounds and soak in the aura of scholarly excellence that permeated the air. As they wandered through the corridors, each corner whispered tales of academic brilliance and tradition, igniting a spark of inspiration with each student.

Yet, their exploration extended beyond the confines of college walls. Venturing into the heart of the city, they wandered through the labyrinthine streets, each corner revealing a new facet of Oxford’s rich heritage. Libraries stood as silent sentinels of knowledge, beckoning the students to embark on a journey of intellectual discovery.

However, it wasn’t just the landmarks that left an indelible mark on the students’ minds. Meeting with university staff and current students provided invaluable insights into the intricacies of university life. Armed with curiosity, they posed thought-provoking questions, eager to unravel the mysteries shrouding the path to higher education.

As the day drew to a close, the students returned to St Edmund’s with minds brimming with newfound knowledge and hearts filled with inspiration. Their journey to Oxford had not only broadened their horizons but had ignited a passion for learning that would accompany then on their academic journey.

In the end, their visit to Oxford wasn’t just about exploring a city; it was about embarking on a journey of self-discovery and academic pursuit – a journey that would shape their futures and pave the way for their aspirations to take flight.