Oxbridge

The Sixth Form regularly supports students in undertaking successful Oxbridge applications; both Oxford and Cambridge University have offered conditional places to students in the current Year 13 who have applied for undergraduate degree courses and two ex-Horsforth School students have recently graduated from the University of Oxford with First Class Honours degrees in Modern History and Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Students with Oxbridge aspirations are offered a number of opportunities to enhance their understanding of the application process and the quality of their applications throughout the Sixth Form. An Oxbridge potential cohort is identified in September of Year 12 and regularly reviewed in the light of changes in students’ intentions and academic progress; prospective Oxbridge applicants are given access in Year 12 to opportunities such as residential visits to Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge and Oxbridge Access conferences co-ordinated jointly by Selwyn College (University of Cambridge) and Worcester College (University of Oxford). In Year 13 Oxbridge applicants are given individualised guidance involving support from specialist staff in the course area for which they are submitting an application; this guidance involves support regarding wider research and reading, mock interview preparation and practice and support for pre-interview and at-interview tests (such as TSA Oxford). The staff involved are predominantly personnel within Horsforth School but also include staff from neighbouring schools and colleges and the University of Leeds.