We recognise that it is crucially important to raise awareness of the benefits of a university education amongst promising students at a younger age. We offer activities aimed at Gifted and Talented cohorts in years 9 – 11 in non-selective maintained sector schools. These events are designed to dispel stereotypes about Oxford at the same time as inform and inspire, so that younger students are (we hope!) encouraged to work hard in preparation for the next stages of their education.
'Oxford Taster Days' are specifically for maintained sector schools across the UK. These days allow a small group of year 10 students to visit Oxford for a taste of what it would be like to study here. The programme includes interactive sessions with current students, lunch served in the college dining hall, and participation in an academic activity.
Aspiration Raising Talk in Schools
These interactive sessions provide students (and, in the case of evening sessions, their parents), with information on aspects of academic and social life, course choices, student finance, and what it is like to be a student at Oxford. The talks can be tailored to students in years 9, 10 or 11, and can be combined with additional sessions for sixth form groups or teachers and advisors.
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