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Samuel Whitbread Academy

Oxbridge and Russell Group Society

Over recent years, Samuel Whitbread has enjoyed considerable success with applications to Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group Universities with students consistently being offered interviews. This year we had successful students taking places at Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group Universities. For some of our most academically able students, an application to Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group Universities is the right choice to help them deepen and enrich their intellectual study. We take our responsibility to help prepare all our students for entry to University seriously and this includes our specific provision for those who wish to make an application to Oxbridge. It is worth emphasising that our provision is inclusive, and those even remotely considering application should take advantage of what is on offer since it will help strengthen their application to other, highly competitive institutions. The outline below gives a flavour of the extent of our provision.

Our Oxbridge and Russell Group Society programme begins in the autumn term of Year 12 when we gather our cohort of potential applicants. Students are invited to join the Individual Learning Programme (ILP) where they are tutored in their prospective speciality. Each student receives a tutorial with preparation guidance individually suited to their needs. Tutorial-style sessions and a series of lectures take place and this may lead to students being asked to read more widely and tackle more demanding problems to help extend their knowledge and understanding. Towards the end of the Summer term in Year 12, students are guided towards some extended project work in consultation with their tutor and this helps to provide them with first-hand experience of independent research. Alongside this support, students have mock interview practice organised by senior staff along with staff from specific subject areas at regular intervals prior to the actual interviews in December of the Year 13.

Preparation for Oxbridge and Russell Group is a demanding endeavour for our students however students report that it gives them skills that are globally useful in higher education and in their chosen careers.

For more details or enquiries, please contact Prof Lee Hubbard via email: lhubbard@bestacademies.org.uk