From Monday 29th June to Wednesday 1st July, twenty sixth form students and five teachers from schools in West London attended the second annual LCLC Summer School residential, at Pembroke College Oxford. Designed to introduce them to new texts and new ways of study, which they are unlikely to have come across before, the summer school gave students the chance to experience the life of an undergraduate modern languages student.

Sixth formers followed streams in Arabic, French, Italian or Spanish, and were set short extracts by writers from Rimbaud to Mariano Azuela to Badi’ al-Zamān al-Hamadāni, from which they all produced a short essay. The summer school culminated in traditional “Oxford-style” tutorials with expert postgraduate tutors.

Meanwhile, teachers engaged in a series of CPD activities with specialists from The Open University, and were also given the opportunity to pursue their own academic interests in their subject, with access to the vast collections of Oxford’s renowned Bodleian Libraries.

However, it was not all hard work and study. Students and teachers enjoyed a lively outdoor performance of Twelfth Night in the balmy grounds of Wadham College, whilst the final day of the Summer School coincided with Oxford’s open day, allowing students to freely explore the options open to them in higher education – all in the blistering sunshine of the hottest