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Oxbridge & Russell Group programme

Oxbridge/Russell Group Programme

Pupils are selected for this group initially based on GCSE grades.

There is the opportunity for pupils to gain admission to the group if their work is of a high enough standard in Year 12.

Pupils are invited to an Oxbridge pre Year 12 programme in July where they have talks, workshops, a theatre trip and a visit to either Oxford or Cambridge University. This gives pupils the opportunity to use the summer holidays to prepare for the life in the Sixth form and understand the importance of a positive start.

The full Year 12 programme starts in September of Year 12 and consists of workshops in study skills, interview skills, networking, communication and writing CVs and personal statements. Pupils are encouraged to read around their subject using the excellent library resources and participate in extracurricular activities.

In 2019/2020, pupils have already attended a range of cultural events at venues including the Barbican, National Theatre and Old Vic, which are highly subsidised. Pupils have also secured places at a range of summer schools including the UNIQ Summer School at Oxford and have professional mentors in leading city companies. A number of pupils have been successful in securing places at either Oxford or Cambridge in the past five years. The vast majority of pupils on the programme gain sought after Russell group places.

In August 2019 these included:

UCL, Kings, Warwick, Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Leeds, Birmingham, University of New York and the  Royal College of Drawing (followed by a place at Oxford University)

A sample programme for the first 2 terms of 2019/20 is included below