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Oxbridge Hopefuls get Inside Track

Sixth Form students got the lowdown on life at Oxbridge recently as two Grange alumni, now studying at Cambridge, and several Grange staff, who also studied at the hallowed institutions, gave the benefit of their experiences during an event in January.

Two former students Tom Roe (Vet. Science, Cambridge) and Sam Williams (Philosophy, Cambridge) returned to school to talk about their experiences with current Lower Sixth students who are considering making Oxbridge applications.  They were joined by members of staff who attended the Universities of either Oxford or Cambridge in a lunchtime meeting to allow students to find out what life at these universities is really like. Tom and Sam discussed how their expectations of life at the Universities have compared well with the reality and gave the Lower Sixth students an insight into the wider life of the universities.

Students also took the opportunity to mine the experiences of the many Oxbridge alumni currently on the school’s teaching staff with discussions about the Oxbridge tutorial/supervision system, the relationship of students to their college, and the nightlife.

“It was a chance to get an honest view through the myths and a welcome chance to ask the basic questions that I thought everyone else knew,” said Lower Sixth student, Conor Holland.