Sixth Form Oxbridge Successes
Sir John Lawes has a highly successful Oxbridge programme. Please follow the link for a list of student destinations and courses.
MASt and G&T - Applying to Oxford and Cambridge Universities
Cambridge Year 10 MASt Trip
A group of Year 10 students were fortunate enough to be able to visit Churchill College, Cambridge, and hear from its students and staff. The morning began with a talk about Cambridge admissions, which posed to us the benefits of moving on to higher education, and the steps we should take to pursue certain courses. It was particularly helpful to hear directly from an admissions officer what exactly universities look for in applications. We were then taken on a tour of Churchill College, during which we had the chance to ask current students about their experiences at university, and see the facilities they have access to. After lunch, we visited another college, Trinity, and learnt about the traditions and events it holds. Overall, we all enjoyed the valuable opportunity of being able to ask questions first-hand to members of the university, and get a feel for what life at Cambridge is really like. The trip has certainly encouraged us to consider our paths for the future.
Visiting Churchill and Trinity colleges, at first we traversed north to rendezvous at the entrance to Churchill. From there we had an hour talk that explained what is done at university and what needs to be done now, and at A levels. We then had a detailed guided tour, which merged seamlessly into the delightful lunch pause. After which, we walked briskly and arrived at Trinity College where another detailed tour was given. We went on a long walk around the site and after that was over, retraced or steps back to Churchill and, after a short break, took the drive back.
Upon arriving at Churchill College, it soon became apparent how vast the site was, and, having driven past the observatory on our journey, I was curious to find out about the variety of buildings and their histories. We entered the Porter's Lodge, where we were met with a grand sculpture of Winston Churchill; we soon proceeded into a Lecture Room, where we listened to a captivating speech by an English Fellow who is also the Admissions Tutor. I learnt a lot from this; about which subjects may lead to certain careers, about the benefits of furthering your education and how your grades may or may not affect your job prospects. I also gained a better understanding of what university life is like, and what is expected of you. After this, a third year student showed us around the college; I found it particularly interesting to visit the student accommodation block, due to the fact it gave a real insight into what living at your university will probably be like. As well as this, we visited two libraries; the vastness of them was incredible, as there was such a wide selection of books, and showed how easy it is to get from your room to a quiet place to study. Visiting Trinity College was also incredibly interesting, due to the fact there is a lot of history to the college and its surroundings. Overall, I found it very beneficial to learn about the university's traditions and its teaching methods and to learn, on a broader scale, what university may be like.
This week, several of the Year 10 More Able Students were given the opportunity to visit both Churchill and Trinity College at Cambridge. This was an occasion highly valued by both us as students as well as parents due to the significance it holds for our future remaining in education. On arrival, we received an insightful presentation into the background and foundations of Cambridge University. This continued to provide information about life at university, courses offered there, and perhaps the most relevant – the importance of doing one’s best through GCSE/A-Level qualifications, prior to higher education. Later, students of the university toured us around the colleges showing us the sites, including accommodation for undergraduates. The visit to Cambridge proved enlightening on many levels and helped me to learn some of the available options after secondary education. For instance, many Year 10s are already considering which subjects they would like to continue after next year’s exams. The speaker, Dr. Jonathan Padley, presenting the initial talk, suggested ways in which to aid the decision process and stated some strong A-Level combinations with facilitating subjects to help us keep our options open. He also explained aspects of the interview process, giving us insight into the subjects favoured by universities when applying for vocational subjects such as dentistry or engineering. Overall, it confirmed to be an extremely thought-provoking experience which will benefit us prominently for the future.
Year 12 Oxbridge Visits
Many Year 12s who are predicted A grades at AS visit a variety of Oxbridge colleges and faculties.
SJL is building up a bank of reading lists recommended for wider reading by prospective applicants and these are given to individuals students to guide their reading as well as being used to augment the SJL Library. We are also building our bank of Oxford past entrance papers as these become more readily available online supplemented by our own resources. We recommend the school's JSTOR account for further wider reading.
These hard copy resources are used in the first term especially of year 13 to tutor where possible prospective candidates for the Oxford and Cambridge entrance exams which take place at the beginning of November. Additionally, we help provide interview practice to successful Oxbridge and Russell Group candidates.