Stonehouse Year 11 Residential 2019

Applications for the Trinity Stonehouse Year 11 Residential are now open! Please read all of the information on this page carefully before proceeding with your application.

Residential Dates: 8th-11th July 2019

Initial applications from teachers are now closed. For those who have applied, your students have until the 26th April to complete their forms, after which we will assess all information provided. Decisions on applications should be receive around mid-May.  

Questions not answered on this page? Email the Schools Liaison Officers Ellie & Terri-Leigh:

Timeline for applications and decisions:

  • Friday 29th March 2019 – deadline for teachers to register interest (approximately 10 minutes to complete) ***EXTENDED TO 12TH APRIL***
  • Friday 5th April 2019 – deadline for students to complete their application forms ***EXTENDED TO 26TH APRIL***
  • Wednesday 1st May 2019 ***EXTENDED TO 8TH MAY***– deadline for teachers to confirm that information submitted on student applications is correct, and for the 6 students to be selected in the case of a greater number of applicants than places (please see ‘Applications’ for more information)
  • Decisions on applications – no later than end of May 2019 (before half-term).


The application process and programme for the Year 11 Stonehouse residential has changed in format for 2019.

Teachers will accompany a group of up to 6 students from their school during the residential. Teachers will register their initial interest in the residential through the application form link at the top of this page – the teacher that will accompany the group should be the one to register. Once complete, the teacher will receive a link for the Student Application Form, which must be completed by all students being considered for the residential.

It is the decision of the nominated teacher as to how many students this link is sent to. It may be that the nominated teacher has particular students in mind, or that they wish to send this to a wider group of students, such as a whole class. Student places are limited to 6 per school; in the case of more than 6 students applying, the selection of students will be a collaborative process between the Schools Liaison Officers and the teacher once student applications have been completed.

“I found the project interesting as it was such a wide topic that we were able to choose to focus on the areas that we were interested in. It also helped to build my confidence, and I also enjoyed meeting new people.” Charlotte, Brigend


All attendees will stay in Trinity College first year accommodation, attend classes taught by University of Cambridge academics, and get the chance to visit the city’s fantastic museums and academic departments.

Attendees will also work on a group project as part of the residential, specifically designed to develop key skills and build academic confidence going forward into sixth form study, for which they will be mentored and guided by a current Trinity student. The project will take the form of a question similar in style to that of university study, around a particular subject area; we will endeavour to match students as closely as possible to their areas of interest and to mix students such that they work with others from the other attending schools.

The residential is entirely free, including accommodation and all food, and we will also provide funds to cover the costs of travel via public transport to and from Cambridge for all students and the selected teacher.


Teachers attending this event will benefit from a programme that allows participation alongside the students, as well as sessions designed especially for teachers, including information and opportunity to ask questions about the Cambridge application process, student subject choice guidance, and exploring resources.


“I enjoyed learning about things that aren’t covered in school. I enjoyed getting a taste of what lectures would be like and the independence. I thoroughly enjoyed the residential and feel it allowed me the opportunity to meet other like-minded people and experience a taste of university life.” – Aaminah, Birmingham


Schools must be:

  • In the UK
  • State maintained

Teachers must be:

  • Available on the specified dates
  • Able to travel with the students to and from Cambridge
  • Willing to stay in accommodation with and to supervise their students (alongside staff and student helpers from Trinity College)

Students must be:

  • In Year 11 (England/Wales) or equivalent (S4 Scotland, Year 12 Northern Ireland)
  • Studying for GCSE or equivalent qualifications
  • Intending to take A-Level or equivalent qualifications in sixth form

There is a maximum of 50 spaces for this residential. We anticipate being over-subscribed, and so will unfortunately be unable to offer a space to every applicant.

We particularly welcome applications from students with no parental history of higher education, those who have been eligible for free school meals in the past six years, and those who have been in the care of a local authority.


When assessing applications, we will consider the following information:

  • Student academic record (assessed in the context of educational and personal circumstances where appropriate)
  • Teacher’s reference
  • Opportunity to engage with the University of Cambridge and prior participation in access and outreach events
  • If the student’s family has little or no tradition of higher education, and the level of qualifications attained by parents/guardians
  • Student eligibility for free school meals
  • If a student has ever been in Local Authority Care
  • Whether the school sends many applicants to Cambridge (where applicable)
  • Geodemographic data (postcode data) as per that used to contextualise university admissions (POLAR, IMD and OAC2011 – see here:

There are no subject requirements for this residential. All information will be considered in a holistic manner, meaning that no one piece of information will have a greater ‘weighting’ than another nor will a single piece of information be looked at in isolation.

If selected to attend, students will be sent a confirmation form and a code of conduct, which must be signed by a parent or guardian and teacher, and returned by post to Trinity College. This is to confirm that they have permission to attend the residential. 


“I am now much less nervous about the concept of attending Cambridge as it seems much more achievable, and people are all very approachable, more than I had originally thought. I enjoyed how we were fully immersed in university life and I also liked how we were able to make friends with people who had both similar interests and motivations. I enjoyed how we were able to take our questions in any direction that we wanted and challenged us to be organised and to take initiative to complete our research. I have learnt so much about Cambridge and Trinity College through this residential as well as gaining a lot of useful information about university in general. This has also improved my confidence and my belief in my ability to succeed. Thank you for giving us this opportunity!” – Alex, Gloucester

“It seems more welcoming as some of the volunteers were similar…to me, so I felt more comfortable and inclined to study here.” – Maryam, London

“It helped me to understand what it is really like to be a student, it was way more helpful than just reading quotes. It really made me see how nice the college is. It was really good to see a wide range of subjects, and see how university offers a much wider range of subjects than I originally thought.” – Jayne, Newcastle

“It made Cambridge seem like a realistic aspiration as before it seemed impossible. I enjoyed every lecture, even the ones I wasn’t initially interested in.” – Holly, Billingham

“[I enjoyed] living with people my age as you would at university and attending lectures and seminars like a uni student. The project was a great confidence booster for me as I struggle to talk/present aloud in front of people I don’t know very well. I have loved every bit of it and I’ve met very good friends from all across the UK. This residential was an excellent confidence booster for me as I wouldn’t usually approach people I don’t know. Overall, it was great meeting like-minded people who love learning.” – Samar, Northampton