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Oxbridge Workshop at Culford Inspires Students


Culford School hosted a challenging event for aspiring Oxbridge and top university candidates in their stunning new Library at the beginning of February. The day included a variety of seminars and workshops aimed at helping pupils apply to the top universities in the country.

The event welcomed over 50 students from Culford and other schools in the local area who were interested in applying to Oxbridge or other higher tier universities. Pupils from King Edward’s Grammar School and Thurston Community College were amongst those who attended to the event.

After refreshments on arrival, the day began with introductions from the speakers, which included representatives from the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia who gave an overview of the event programme. There were interactive sessions looking at choosing the right university and the right course, writing excellent personal statements and excelling at interview and in the admissions tests. Talks were aimed at inspiring students to start preparing early and to explore the different course pathways on offer.

Everyone also had the opportunity to attend their choice of interactive and dynamic seminars on stimulating current themes including: gender; social media and the workplace; and the Ebola crisis and how to address the spread of disease. Pre-reading had been circulated to all students and so these sessions were run as Oxbridge-style tutorials.

Culford’s Head of Sixth Form, Stephen Arbuthnot, said: “It was fantastic to welcome more than 50 academically ambitious students from Culford and schools around East Anglia to our Oxbridge and Higher Tariff University Conference. They were all extremely engaged and I hope they feel better prepared for the journey ahead.”

The closing Q&A session about how to submit competitive applications and what to expect from the admissions process saw a panel that included Old Culfordians, who are also undergraduates or graduates of Oxford and Cambridge, on hand to answer questions that the students and their parents were keen to ask.

For more information or to receive an invitation to the next event, please email sixthform@culford.co.uk or telephone 01284 3385315.
Published: February 22 2017

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