08 March 2016

Sevenoaks School hosts Oxbridge Evening for local schools

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Sevenoaks School hosted their annual Oxbridge Information Evening on Monday March 7 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, and other local schools including: Sackville School, St Gregory’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Sutton Valence School, The Judd School and Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls.

Presentations were given by two speakers, followed by a Q&A session. We were delighted to welcome Dr Sam Lucy, Director of Admissions for the Cambridge Colleges, and Admissions Tutor and Financial Tutor, Newnham College, Cambridge, and Mr Luke Jackson-Ross, Admissions and Outreach Officer, St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

They offered an overview of studying at Oxford and Cambridge, the courses available, including three new courses at Cambridge for 2017 entry: Archaeology, History and Politics, and History and Modern Languages.

Dr Lucy emphasised the importance of academic ability and potential and genuine interest in a subject area, in addition to the ability to think independently and critically, and use existing knowledge to assess new problems.

She outlined the application process and the information used to assess applications, and what admissions tutors are looking for at interview. The audience was informed that Oxford and Cambridge both scored extremely highly for student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey (91% and 90% respectively).

The evening was organised and hosted by Wendy Heydorn, Director of Higher Education and Charlotte Glanville, Assistant Director of Higher Education.

For the most up-to-date information and advice about anything covered in the presentation, please refer to the following websites.

University of Oxford



University of Cambridge



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