Residential Summer School

Date and time
Tuesday, 16 July 2024 -
Thursday, 18 July 2024

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

Year group: Year 10
Maximum size of group: 4 students from each school (mixed gender)


Our Residential Summer School is an exciting opportunity for students to experience university life through a range of on-campus activities over three days whilst staying overnight at our Halls of Residence. Students will take part in a range of taster sessions and social activities, all designed to increase confidence and awareness of the opportunities available within Higher Education.

Proposed schedule of activities*

The Year 10 Residential Summer School will take place over three days and two nights

*Please note our schedule is subject to change.

Day Activity

Tuesday 16 July

Introductions and ice breaker activities 

Why go to university?

Taster sessions

Campus tours

Wednesday 17 July

Escape rooms 

Murder mystery 

Skills session

Group projects

Thursday 18 July


Sports sessions

Union of Students talk 

Group projects

Awards ceremony

Six students on summer school lifting up another student in a classroom.

I enjoyed making new friends, developing my confidence...Summer School taught me that you can achieve anything no matter what you are dealt with.

Year 10 student from City of Derby Academy
Summer School 2019
100%of students rated the summer school as good or excellent**Widening Access evaluation data 2021
100%of students felt that summer school has helped them make a decision about their next steps**Widening Access evaluation data 2021

Frequently asked questions

We prioritise young people from widening participation backgrounds on our events, as well as specific targeted widening participation cohorts in line with the University of Derby's Access and Participation Plan (APP).

  • Pupil Premium students
  • Students in receipt of free school meals (FSM)
  • Some ethnic sub-groups, including young people from Black and Asian communities, and White males from economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Young people in local authority care (LAC) or care experienced students
  • Young people with caring responsibilities
  • Young people who are estranged from their families
  • Those from traveller communities
  • Young people who have parents/carers in the armed forces
  • Refugees or asylum seekers
  • Young people with mental health problems, specific learning difficulties, and/who are on the autism spectrum
  • Students who live within the 40% most deprived wards based on IMD postcode data
  • Those from Young Participation Rate quintile 1 and 2 based on POLAR4 postcode data
  1. Book your school on to the Summer School by emailing wateam@derby.ac.uk (complete by March 2024)
  2. The Widening Access team will ask you to complete a form detailing the WP criteria of the students selected (complete by April 2024) 
  3. The Widening Access team will confirm students have a place on the Summer School (complete by May 2024)
  4. Schools to share consent forms and links to parents/carers (complete by June 2024)
  5. Schools to share resources and links to students (complete by July 2024)

No. All students are supervised by University staff members throughout the days and nights. Appropriate safeguarding and risk assessment measures are put in place, so school staff are not required to attend.

However, we work with school staff regarding the following things:

  • to ensure all students' paperwork is completed in advance of the event
  • to arrange travel to and from the event
  • to authorise absence from school for students to attend the event
  • to provide an emergency contact number and named person from the school
Two students writing on a whiteboard in a classroom at the University.
Students and Student Ambassadors standing in a circle and interlocking hands at Summer School 2019
Three students sat next to each other working on computers.