Diversity Days 2024

On February 22nd, we were delighted to visit Downing College, University of Cambridge, with 37 students from Azhar Academy, Ernest Bevin, Eastbrook, and Lantern of Knowledge. The event, kindly supported by COSARAF, featured Downing College student ambassadors who shared insights into student life including their schedules, experiences of their subjects, and their involvement in Cambridge traditions and societies. Dr Kamran, an Admissions tutor, hosted an engaging Q&A which covered application tips and introduced ‘Supercurricular’ activities, a great way of demonstrating a passion for their chosen subject. A guided tour of the beautiful college campus showcased the study and recreational spaces, allowing students to visualise university life. Finally, students gained valuable information on student finance and support opportunities. 

Student response:

“It showed me how universities provide support and how welcoming they are”

“I learnt that the stereotypes built around Cambridge are not so true, and if you get good grades, you have a chance of getting into Cambridge, regardless of your background”

“It made me feel empowered, and it widened my knowledge and understanding of the campus and university”

“I learnt how the college structure works”

A sincere appreciation to COSARAF for sponsoring this event and to the team at Downing College for inspiring the students and generously sharing valuable insights and experiences, encouraging them to explore Cambridge University as a potential choice for their academic future. 

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On Wednesday 7th February we were delighted to be joined by Year 10 students from 3 different schools for an enriching visit to the Norton Rose Fulbright office in London. Commencing with a strategically designed icebreaker, the day unfolded with a comprehensive presentation, providing our students with a profound understanding of the multifaceted legal services offered by this esteemed firm.


A highlight of the itinerary was the engaging speed networking session, affording our students the privilege of connecting with accomplished young lawyers and apprentices. The invaluable exchange of insights and guidance provided an authentic glimpse into the dynamic world of legal professionals. The tour of the impressive offices led to a team challenge, wherein students applied their acquired knowledge to a case study. The ensuing presentations were met with constructive feedback from a panel of judges, contributing to a holistic learning experience.


We extend our sincere gratitude to the entire team at Norton Rose Fulbright for orchestrating this opportunity. Your dedication to nurturing the future generation of legal professionals is commendable.


Student response:
“I learnt how to present and be confident in a topic”

“I learnt about the intricacies of corporate law and the jobs and careers available”

“You do not always have to study law to have a career as a lawyer”

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On Thursday 25th January, 24 students joined us in visiting the Holocaust Galleries at the Imperial War Museum for an insightful educational experience.

The visit involved a sombre exploration of the exhibition, followed by an interactive workshop that delved deeply into the historical context. Through a unique and immersive journey through time, students gained a comprehensive understanding of Hitler’s role and the devastating atrocities of the Holocaust. The visit aimed to foster empathy and promote a meaningful reflection on this dark chapter in history. The Year 9 students expressed the impact of this visit in bringing their current studies of this area of history to life.

Student feedback:

“It really encouraged me to think more into how the victims must have felt and how drastically their lives changed”

“It is good as it helps us as individuals to understand the struggles of others”

“Sitting at a desk and actually going around and looking at history and personal stories are vastly different”

A huge thank you to the staff at the Imperial War Museum for facilitating an eye-opening experience and to the students for engaging so well in the day and playing such an active role in discussions.

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