A DENBIGHSHIRE high school has hosted an inspirational visit by an Oxford academic for some of the region’s brightest history students.

Dr Paul Evans, historian and headteacher at Denbigh High School, was invited to hold the event by Jeff Collins, who represents Wales on the Oxford University History Schools` Liaison Committee, with the aim of encouraging the most able students to consider studying History at Oxford University.

Denbigh High School has a strong track record in history and Dr Evans, who was appointed headteacher earlier this year, has written several books and almost thirty textbooks and revision guides for the Welsh Joint Education Committee examination board on the subject.

Dr Evans said: “Denbigh High is thrilled to be given the chance to host an event such as this. It can help open doors for our students as well as encourage them to set their aspirations high and have the belief that they can, and should, aim for the top.”

Around 30 talented youngster from Denbigh High School, Myddelton College, Ysgol Treffynnon in Flintshire, and Prestatyn High School attended the visit by Canadian born academic, Claire Macht.

Claire who is studying towards a DPhil in history, gave a talk about her experience of Oxford and explained what the history faculty can offer in terms of courses and the high standard of teaching. She also spoke about what it is like to study history at the university and talked specifically about the nature of analysing historical sources.

Mr Collins said: “I am very grateful to the school for hosting this event, it has been a great success. These students are so talented, and this visit has helped open their eyes to the possibility of studying at Oxford and the opportunities that are out there.”