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Sixth Form Students Meet Sir Vince Cable

SES students meet Sir Vince CableSaturday 13th February saw a group of Stamford Schools sixth formers attended an afternoon of economic and political debate at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, which was judged by the Chair and guest Sir Vince Cable.

Arriving early the group were able to enjoy a tour of The Grove, Fitzwilliam College’s historic centre piece which was at one time owned by the Darwin family. SHS pupil Emma Hunter (Y13) was awarded “best question” of the debate.

After proceedings had concluded the sixth formers were able to enjoy an introduction and close discussion with Sir Vince, topics naturally ran to politics and governance. Sir Vince Cable remarked on how impressed he was by the standard of knowledge and confidence shown by the Stamford School group observing the groups fine conduct amongst the Cambridge students and academics. 

Asad Dharamsey (Y13) said he was “fascinated by Sir Vince Cable’s outlook on future economic growth,” and that he had invited the Fitzwilliam school liaison undergrads to attend a debate at the Stamford School debating society.

A wonderful afternoon was rounded off by refreshments organised for us by Fitzwilliam students in the college JCR (Junior Combination Room). The group’s conversation with the undergraduates was wide ranging, covering topics such as Cambridge and University life, Russian language courses at the university and top tips for first year undergraduates.

Sixth Former Tom Proffitt (Y12), said “It was a really informative day; it’s really interesting to see what life is really like at Cambridge, and to hear firsthand from students what the University looks for in its future applicants.”

David Gloucester, trip organiser and former Fitzwilliam alumnus said; “I was delighted to see the academic energy with which the Stamford School pupils engaged with the key concepts for discussion which were, the government’s economic policy, politics, ideology and the rhetoric behind national and international policies pursued”