A group of our Year 11 students visited the University of Oxford on Monday 14 January to learn more about life as an undergraduate at one of the UK’s oldest institutions of higher education.
The aim of the trip was to encourage the students to start thinking about ambitious university applications, and how out the St Dunstan’s Sixth Form experience supports them in choosing their own pathways, including the most competitive courses.
Speaking about the day, Mr Holmes said: 'We visited Wadham College in the morning (where Mr Holmes studied) and had a tour from a third-year History undergraduate, before a Q+A session with an admissions tutor. Our Year 11s then had a mock-interview activity at Lincoln College, before lunch in the famous Oxford covered market.
‘Mr O'Dwyer then led the group to Magdalen College (where he studied), where a biomedical undergraduate showed our students around, and the Head Librarian gave us a guided tour of the college's oldest manuscript collections.’
Mr Holmes also remarked how 'it was fantastic to hear some excellent questions from our students, and how well they performed in a mock-interview when put on the spot!'
Nora Francillon, one of the Year 11 students who attended and who is keen to explore applications to Oxbridge from St Dunstan's, summarised the trip as 'a fantastic opportunity to see such an iconic university famous all over the world, and to realise just how many St Dunstan's teachers went to Oxford or Cambridge who can support me in an application I want to make in 2 years time.'