Year 10 and Year 12 pupils enjoyed an inspiring trip to Oxford University last Friday.

The eager pupils met Jack Robinson, an Outreach Officer at Balliol College, who gave them a tour of the college, including the Junior Common Room, Chapel, Great Hall and the beautiful grounds. The Library was unfortunately closed to visitors, as Balliol students studied for their exams.

On the tour, they heard many fascinating anecdotes about the history and traditions of Balliol, as well as Oxford’s renowned intra-college rivalry!

Pupils then had a helpful talk on the application and admissions process for Oxbridge. Year 12 students received advice about UCAS Personal Statements, whilst the Year 10s picked up some tips for selecting their A-level subjects.

A key message from the day is that students should start preparing early for the application process – researching undergraduate courses, engaging in super-curricular work, and wider reading will help them develop and demonstrate their subject passion.

Following lunch in the Great Hall, the group walked through the city centre of Oxford to visit other well-known sights, including the Bridge of Sighs and the Bodleian Library.

Thank you to everyone at Oxford University who helped facilitate this trip, which is a highlight of the year for our ambitious students.