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Genevieve in Year 12 is interested in applying to Oxford University to study Literature. Along with a number of other Year 11 and 12 students, Genevieve found out more about studying at Oxford during a recent visit to the school’s link college, St. Edmund Hall College:

“A group of Year 11 and 12 students embarked on a trip to Oxford University, excited to learn about the studying opportunities available. After a two-hour journey we arrived into sunny Oxford and took a short walk from the centre down cobbled streets to St. Edmund Hall College.

Once inside we were greeted by a member of staff who, after a quick stop for photos in the picturesque quad, took us to a conference room for a presentation on life at Oxford University, the application process and what studying at university entails. This gave us a chance to understand what we needed to achieve at GCSE/A Levels in order to gain a place at this prestigious university.

Three current Oxford students lead us on a tour of the college which included a look around one of the 100 libraries, the chapel, and accommodation for first year students. A quick Q&A session concluded just before lunch in the dining hall; which, to the delight of some pupils, included a soft drink, chips and chocolate bar, alongside a choice of main meal.

After lunch we reconvened in the conference room for a final talk and to collect some Oxford merchandise before venturing out into the city centre for some sight-seeing and shopping. The Oxford students pointed out the extensive sports grounds for rugby, hockey, tennis and lacrosse (to name a few), as well as a number of libraries, in particular the famous Bodleian Library and the door which inspired the Chronicles of Narnia.

Following this trip, a number of students are considering applying to Oxford this October and the following year. This trip was a great experience and we hope future pupils will be able to have similar exposure to such an aspirational university.”

By Genevieve, Year 12

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