10 March 2015
Sevenoaks School hosts Oxbridge Evening for local schools
The aim of the event was to give current and reliable information about applying to both Oxford and Cambridge and to demystify the application process.
Sevenoaks School hosted their annual Oxbridge Information Evening on Monday March 9 for Sevenoaks and local schools.
The aim of the event was to give current and reliable information about applying to both Oxford and Cambridge and to demystify the application process. An audience of 400 included Sixth Form students, parents and staff from Sevenoaks School, Tonbridge Grammar School, the Knole Academy and Kent College. Presentations were given by Dr Mark Wormald Senior Tutor at Corpus Christi College Oxford, Richard Partington, Senior Tutor and Senior Admissions Tutor at Churchill College, Cambridge and Dr Caroline Burt, Admissions Tutor at Pembroke College Cambridge.
They offered insights into the distinctive features of Oxford and Cambridge, including the collegiate structure, the small-group teaching, the intensive courses, the outstanding academic provision and the excellent career opportunities. They also explained the selection criteria, the common pitfalls and the interview process, and emphasised the importance of choosing the right subject, reading, and thinking critically. They made clear that they want to admit the brightest and the best, regardless of their educational background. They said that a strong academic interest in a particular course is what should motivate students to apply.
The speakers answered some frequently asked questions and some questions from the floor.
The evening was organised and hosted by Ruth Greenhalgh, Director of Higher Education and Wendy Heydorn, Assistant Director of Higher Education.