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