Each year Sidney Sussex works in collaboration with Christ's and Murray Edwards Colleges to run a summer school in August for Year 11 students who live in areas of low participation to higher education.

LPN Summer School 2020

16-19 August 2020

The LPN Summer School will be happening in August 2020 for students currently in Year 11 that are from low-participation neighbourhoods. However, due to the uncertainty and restrictions imposed by the current Covid-19 pandemic. it is not yet clear whether the summer school will be able to take the form of a residential event in Cambridge as in previous years. This is currently under review, with more infomration to follow as soon as possible. However, in the event that a residential event is unable to take place, we will be providing an online summer school that participants will be able to access from home. Participants will be selected in the same way as a residential summer school from the poll of applicants. The application form asks students to indicate whether they would be willing/able to attend both a residential and an online summer school, and they will be kept informed as to developments regarding the programme.

It is important to note that the LPN Summer Schools programme includes events in both Year 11 and Year 12. The programme offers significant support and guidance throughout the process of thinking about and producing applications to top universities, including Cambridge. The follow-up events in year 12 are only open to those that have attended the Year 11 summer school, so we encourage all eligable students to apply this year.

What does the summer school involve?

The summer school will take place for a few days in August just after you've taken your GCSEs.

The programme includes a variety of masterclasses given by Cambridge researchers, an opportunity to get to know Cambridge, information about making an application to Cambridge, and a chance to meet current Cambridge students.

Meals and accommodation will be provided for attendees in one of the Cambridge Colleges if the residential goes ahead in person.

After the summer school, researchers then provide continuing academic support the following school year.

What does the summer school cost?

The whole summer school is free of charge (including meals and accommodation), with the exception of travel to and from Cambridge. If you feel that you may require travel expenses to be able to attend, please get in touch, as some limited support may be available.

Subject strands

As part of the residential programme, students have the opportunity to attend a series of seminars that will introduce them to the study of a particular subject at university level. This year's subject strands will be:

  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Social Sciences
  • BioChem (human/medical)
  • BioChem (non-medical)
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Sciences

Students wishing to apply for a place on the residential should chose which subject strand they wish to attend and indicate this on their application form (there is also an option to be considered for a reserve choice if you are not selected for your first choice). The same number of places is available on each subject strand, so please chose the subject that interests you the most.

Eligibility to apply

Only students who meet all of the following criteria can apply for a place on the LPN summer school:

You are just doing your GCSEs at a UK state school. You are going on to study academic qualifications in Sixth Form, either at school or college. You live in an area of low participation to higher education. To explain this a bit further, we use the POLAR classification and we only accept applications from students who live in quintile 1 or 2 areas. We encourage students to self-select using this online postcode checker tool. You should be on target to receive a majority of 7s or 8s (or equivalent) at GCSE, and will need to provide the name and email address of a teacher who can support your application.

How and when do I apply?

Applications are now closed for this event. If you have applied then we are now in the process of reviewing applications and you will be informed of the result in the next few weeks.

If you / your child is currently in Year 10 and would like to register your interest for the 2021 LPN then this form enables you to 'register interest' so that you receive an email when we open bookings or applications.

Registering your interest does not guarantee you a place on any event. It just means that we'll send you an email with information about the events you express an interest in and details of how to book or apply when we open bookings or applications. You can then review the opportunity at the time and book or apply if you'd like to.

Where can I get more information?

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about this residential.

Subject Masterclasses

Subject Masterclass webinars for Year 12 students

Please find below the timetable for last year's subject masterclasses as an example of the programme.






1 May 2019


Medicine, Biology

The Basics of Molecular Biology (Part 1)


8 May 2019


Medicine, Biology

Genomics and Its Application in Cancer Management (Part 2)


29 May 2019


Music, History, Psychology

Music Performance Studies


12 June 2019


Economics, Finance

The Global Financial Crisis: Its Causes and Consequences


26 June 2019


Materials Science, Physics

Understanding the Role of Computational Methods in Materials Science with Applications


10 July 2019


English, History, Classics

Appropriation of Greek and Roman Cultures in the History, Literature, and Media of Modern Societies


To access these webinars, students should go to the link indicated above and click "Enter as a Guest". They will be asked to enter their name (first name alone is fine). They should then wait for the session leader to admit them to the webinar. Please do not try to enter the webinar more than five minutes before it is due to begin.

We recommend all students read the Adobe Connect quick start guide for participants before taking part in the webinar so they know how the software works.

The webinars will last for no longer than 60 minutes.