Oxbridge Outreach

Posted at 1:53 pm on 10th October, 2017

Top achieving students from year 11 and 12  at Flixton Girls School were invited to an Oxbridge outreach talk at the University of Manchester.

The purpose of the outreach programme is to widen recruitment and engagement of young people from state school backgrounds and encourage them to apply to Russell Group universities.

Students were able to understand the course requirements at top universities and the trip and what A-level subjects they would need to take to be successful in their chosen field.

Students were able to ask direct questions to the outreach team relating to specific advice they required; e.g. Fatima Mazhar asked ‘If I haven’t studied economic concepts would this put me at a disadvantage against other potential candidates wishing to access the same course?’ and ‘What was the pass rate at interview stage?’  

Our girls were very excited about the prospect of applying to a top university. They have all joined our school graduate committee which meets once a week to plan trips to universities, research future options and encourage others to aim high.

Miss O’Halloran commented; ‘The committee allows the students to have a say in where they wish to visit and provides them with a forum for discussion with their peers, sharing ideas and future ambitions. This in turn engages with more young people and the university pathway choices.

Sophie Coyne said ‘The event helped me find out the best A-levels for pursuing a medical profession.’ While Jaimee Greenwood commented ‘They made me feel that a University place was more accessible to everyone; if you put in the effort and get the grades.’

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