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Oxford University Speak to Year 11 & 12

On 24th January a select group of pupils from year 11 and year 12 received a presentation from Olivia Cormack of Oxford University. Olivia is currently in her third year studying English Literature at Lady Margaret Hall.

The purpose of her talk was to guide pupils through the application and interview process. Pupils received first hand information on how to select the right course, some tips on interviews, job prospects after university, managing your workload and general life at Oxford.

Olivia took time to dispel some of the myths about who actually gets into Oxford University. Pupils were surprised to hear that Oxford University’s intake of new students in October had the highest proportion of state school pupils for at least 40 years. The university has offered 59.2% of places to pupils from state schools, up from 55.6% of places taken last year.

Chloe in year 12 said the presentation was very informative, it was good to be able to personally ask questions and that it saved on a lot of research time. Giuseppe added that it was interesting to find that the aptitude tests and interviews are designed to be fair and give you a chance to show ability and not just what you have revised.

Mr G Williams
Oxbridge Coordinator