This year 6 students gained places at either Oxford or Cambridge.

 

Oxbridge

It is never too early to think about applying to Oxbridge. Each year a significant number of students apply to Oxford and Cambridge Universities and a pleasing number of them achieve success. Competition is fierce, and anything which you can do to differentiate yourself from the competition will help. If you are really passionate about studying a particular subject at Oxbridge, be sure to talk to the Sixth Form Office; your Tutor and your Teachers about which books they would recommend; what programmes on Radio 4 you should be listening to; what courses or work experience you should be planning; and which iTunesU courses you might want to follow. You should be reading widely and taking every opportunity given to you in class to extend your work beyond what is required by the syllabus. Successful applicants have always shown a proactive approach to developing their love of learning in their chosen field. Both universities offer a range of opportunities for you to experience your subject at a higher level. You should be looking at summer schools and Master class days which you can apply to via their websites. This year have 6 students obtaining places at Oxbridge this year- a school record!

Jack McLaren- Chemistry (oxford)
Cameron Fern- Maths (oxford)
Callum Hall- Chemistry (oxford)
Sophie Smith- Biological Sciences (oxford)
Daniel Charlton- History (oxford)
Jacob Lange- Vet Med.  (Cambridge)
 
We sent 11 pupils to interview at these two prestigious universities. Those that did not achieve places have offers from excellent Russell group universities which are leaders in their chosen fields

The pupils were also on the front page of the Citizen on 14th January, see the article here:


Some subjects require applicants to take an aptitude test; this may be a national test such as the BMAT for medicine or may be a paper set and marked by the university. Many courses will also require you to send in examples of marked work from Year 12. You should ensure that you familiarise yourself with all the details so that you can plan your preparation accordingly.
We provide students with a number of opportunities throughout the year to aid their application to Oxford and Cambridge universities. These include organised visits to Oxford and a talk by a Cambridge admissions officer where you can find out how students are selected and what will help you stand out. Past students also frequently offer their help and advice, giving talks and support to Year 12 hopefuls. We also arrange mock interviews with external interviewers to help you tackle the nerves and experience a similarly subject specific ‘grilling’ to help you prepare.
College and university open days are a great source of information and you will find details of these on the Oxford and Cambridge websites. It is considered essential for all serious applicants to have visited at least one open day. These are arranged by you as an individual.

University of Oxford site: http://www.ox.ac.uk/

University of Cambridge site: http://www.cam.ac.uk/

For details of how to apply to Oxford click here http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate_courses/how_to_apply/index.html

and for Cambridge: http://www.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/apply/

CambridgeThinking Skills Assessment www.tsa.cambridgeassessment.org.uk

Medicine www.bmat.org.uk and/or www.ukcat.ac.uk

Law www.lnat.ac.uk

 

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