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Oxbridge bound?

On Friday 13th February a joint group of 40, 15 – 17 year old students from Ralph Allen School and Hayesfield Girls’ School had an inspirational visit to Oxford University. The students all have the potential to apply to Oxford or Cambridge Universities, based on their very impressive GCSE performance, and were finding out about the unique features of study at these two universities, especially the college system, the tutorial way of teaching and the application process.

The group had tours around several Oxford Colleges (Trinity, Lincoln, St Catherine’s & New College) and met with current students at these colleges and they also had talks on the admissions process from two of Oxford Universities’ widening participation officers. The programme for the whole day was expertly put together by Hayesfield School’s Mrs Fran Bryden.

The students also had the opportunity to visit two of Oxford’s world famous museums, the Ashmoleum and the Pitt Rivers/Natural History Museum, where they took part in an artefact handling exercise.

The students were very enthused by their trip to Oxford and both schools expect a bumper crop of applications to Oxford and Cambridge Universities next year.