Four Year 11 students from Blackburn Central High School spent three days with Ms Qureshi among the spires and lawns of Cambridge, overcoming a series of demanding mental and physical challenges.
The Lancaster University ‘Stepping Stones to Excellence’ residential held in January, gave our Year 11 scholars a chance to roam among the picturesque surroundings of the historic University City. This included a tour of Downing College Campus’ which counts actor John Cleese and author/illustrator Quentin Blake among its Alumni.
It wasn’t all fun for our fab four as a series of games challenged their cognitive abilities. This included exercises in coding, encryption and hacking as well as social engineering and communication, all vital skills in the modern world.
Alongside students from other East Lancashire schools the girls took part in ‘Clip and Climb’ challenges where they had to retrieve access codes and encryptions. It was a true test of determination which saw them conquer the Jungle Gym, the Skyscraper, The Stairway to Heaven as well as the Vertical Drop Slide at the Cambridge ‘Clip n Climb’.
The Blackburn Central High School scholars thoroughly enjoyed their visit and said it provided them with a positive and intense educational experience.