Students off to a flying start with top university applications

Students from our network of OAT academies have been receiving all the support necessary for making successful applications to two of the top universities Oxford and Cambridge, thanks to the second ‘Oxford Conference,’ hosted by The National College of Teaching and Leadership, Ormiston Academy Trust.


The aim of the conference was to provide support to the 24 staff and students, offering advice and guidance on how to prepare a competitive application to either Oxford or Cambridge. Over the past 12 month applications to Oxbridge, and medical courses, from across Ormiston academies have increased by over 200%. OAT is playing a key role in leading the way in increasing students' access to university and committed to ensuring that higher education is accessible to students from all backgrounds.

Students received guidance on Oxbridge requirements for personal statements, advice on additional testing, and subject specific interview practice. Such bespoke provision was only possible through the generous support provided by Hannah Wilbourne from Christ Church, Oxford, the Brilliant Club and Oxbridge Applications. Students were not the only ones to benefit, teachers were also given advice on the application process and teacher referencing.

The conference is a key part of OAT’s Oxbridge strategy. Students applying to Oxford or Cambridge will receive further guidance on college choice, subject choice, personal statement guidance and interview support in the next academic year.

Simon Pedley, Access Gifted and Talented Champion at OAT said: “The advice and guidance on offer at the conference has enabled students to get off to a flying start, providing a clear view of key areas on their application to develop over the summer break.  I hope this will enable them in being successful in securing a place at either Oxford or Cambridge.”