Local Students Enjoy Oxbridge Conference at Bolton School

Bolton School Girls' Division | 25 Jan 2019 | Featured Story | ISC Icon GSA Icon
An Oxbridge Conference held at Bolton School saw 90 students from 6 local colleges join the Bolton School Sixth Form for a day of informative talks from university representatives and graduates as well as activities to help the application process.
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90 students attended the inaugural Oxbridge Conference was hosted by Bolton School

Over 90 A level and Y11 students from 6 local colleges joined Sixth Form students from Bolton School at the inaugural Oxbridge Conference hosted at the school. The all-day event, co-organised by Bolton School and Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form, saw speakers from Oxford and Cambridge universities, along with recent graduates, share their wisdom on successfully applying to and enjoying life at Oxbridge.

Richard Petty, Schools Careers Programme Manager from the University of Oxford spoke about the timeline of applying to university generally and to Oxford specifically. He opened by explaining why it is currently an excellent time to be going to university; he spoke of how the payment of fees means that universities have to be more responsive to students’ needs and that courses are now better value for money than ever before. He spoke of the advantages of the university experience beyond the purely academic and he told how there is a good number of places available at excellent universities.

Cambridge University representative Dr Matt Bullimore, Widening Participation Officer Churchill College, offered advice on choosing the right subject to study and matching your aptitudes and interests; the importance of a good academic track record; the requirement to read and think, critically and analytically outside the course; as well as the need to revise and embed your learning before university assessments and interviews.

The attendees sat in subject specific clusters and benefited throughout the day from expert advice from Oxbridge graduates who helped facilitate the activities. Offering a student’s perspective were former Bolton School pupils Isabella Sabini, Emily Varley and Olivia Hosker and they were joined by fellow Oxbridge graduate Adrian Matthew. The graduates shared their knowledge and helped facilitate the activities which included work on personal statements, the interview process and aptitude tests.

Participants on the day came from Thornleigh, Turton, Bolton Muslim Girls' School, Canon Slade, UTC Bolton, Rivington & Blackrod and Bolton School Girls' and Boys' Division and their feedback was very positive, including "the day had some amazing information" and "the activities were very useful in terms of analysing personal statements …… the interview task made me more positive about the process."

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Photo: Oxbridge graduates helped to deliver the activities throughout the day
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Photo: Dr Matt Bullimore, Widening Participation Officer at Churchill College, talking about the University of Cambridge
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Photo: Bolton School alumni returned to give their view as graduates
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Photo: Richard Petty, Schools Careers Programme Manager from the University of Oxford


About Bolton School Girls' Division

At Bolton School we help every girl discover her unique talents and strengths. Our staff are committed to developing in each girl the love of learning, creative independence and academic self discipline which will enable her to achieve excellent examination results. Our aim is to inspire in our girls the attributes, skills and values which will enable them to make informed choices, become responsible and principled citizens, enjoy successful careers and achieve personal fulfilment.

We understand that the best learning takes place when girls feel cherished, understood and secure. In our friendly and respectful, single sex environment, girls of all ages and backgrounds are free to relax and enjoy each other's company without feeling self conscious. They forge strong friendships to support and sustain them throughout their lives. They also have the opportunity to get to know members of the Boys’ Division through participation in extra-curricular activities alongside them.

Girls at Bolton School recognise how lucky they are to enjoy all the advantages of a supportive and inspirational educational environment with its superb facilities and exceptional range of extra-curricular activities; they value the importance of ‘giving back’ through participation in community action programmes, locally, nationally and abroad.

The best way to appreciate our school, is to visit us. The girls are terrific ambassadors and would love to show you their magical, uplifting surroundings as well as talk to you about the exceptional range of opportunities offered to them.

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