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Young Haringey high-flyers set sights on Cambridge University

PUBLISHED: 12:30 13 May 2014

Haringey teenagers on their visit to Cambridge University.

Haringey teenagers on their visit to Cambridge University.

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A coachload of young people from Haringey visited the hallowed colleges of Cambridge University on Friday as they considered their future in higher education.

The teenagers from across the borough took part in the trip as part of plans to get local youths to raise their aspirations and reach for the top rung of the ladder.

The visit was organsied by Anna Bradley-Darnell, 20, a Tottenham resident and member of the award-winning Positive Youth News Haringey (PYNH) group, who is currently studying at Cambridge.

She spearheaded the visit as she wants more young people from her home town to realise they are capable of getting into some of the world’s most prestigious educational establishments.

“I attended Park View School in Tottenham and am now studying at Cambridge,” she said. “It is possible, but sadly many young people do not consider it as they do not believe such places are open to those from places like Haringey. We hope giving young people the option to spend the day at the university breaks down those myths.”

Anna was joined by other current and former Cambridge students from Haringey, who were on hand to answer questions from the 20-strong group, which included pupils from Haringey Sixth Form Centre, Highgate Wood School and Park View School.

The group visited the university campus and halls of residence, and took part in some taster lessons too.

Seema Chandwani, PYNH’s project manager, said: “It is fantastic Anna has created this project from scratch for her peers. She is a role model for achieving her own academic success by going to Cambridge, and it is heart-warming that she wants the same opportunities extended for the next generation.”

A spokesman for PYNH later added: “It was nice to see young people from Haringey change their minds as the day went on. In the morning, many had misconceptions about class, snobbery, elitism, workload, support and finances. By the end of the day, we were pleased that many of the young people were discussing getting a bike, where they would eat and what sort of sporting activities they wish to participate in when they were going to study there.”

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