Thank you to Ruth from Cambridge University and Fiona from Oxford University who came to speak to a group of our Year 10 students about attending university today. Their talk focused on:

  • An introduction to academically-selective (Russell Group) universities.
  • An introduction to Oxbridge: the collegiate structure, what makes them a bit different from other universities, as well as myth busting.
  • Advice on post-16 options for academically-selective universities. This focused more on Oxbridge’s requirements as they have more stringent criteria than other Russell Group universities. They made it clear that students should be taking A Levels, and looked at the types of subject combinations they should be thinking about.
  • Signposted students to resources they could use to explore their options further.

Ruth and Fiona talked enthusiastically about university life and answered questions from our students. They said that whilst students in Year 10 are studying GCSE subjects it is very important for them to start thinking about their next steps in education so they have the opportunity to apply to university in a successful way. Both Ruth and Fiona commented on how engaged our students were and were disappointed they had to leave before they could answer all of their questions.

Thank you to Mr Koniarski, Bradon Forest’s Most Able Coordinator, for organising this opportunity for our Year 10 students.