High-flying high school students in Hyndburn were able to find out how they could increase their chances of going to a top university, as part of a “Get into Oxbridge” program.
Ten Grade 11 students at Hyndburn Academy participated in a workshop held at Blackburn Sixth Form, learning the skills and attributes needed to have a successful application to enter Oxbridge or other Russell Group universities.
The ‘Get into Oxbridge’ workshop covered topics such as the application process for the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, including planning personal statements and preparing for future admission tests and interviews. .
He also covered topics focused on major academic subjects including medicine and law.
Erin Gainford, 15, from Rishton attended the event with her twin sister Ruby, Erin said: “The workshop was very beneficial especially for the preparation of Oxbridge nominations.
“The advice has been very valuable because it is much more specific than the general career advice we had before. ”
Ruby added, “I really enjoyed the session, it was very engaging and now I feel like I have a much better understanding of what I need to do to get into a good university.
“I learned that I had to start preparing for my candidacy early to improve my chances of success. ”
David Jones, Blackburn Sixth Form High Achievers Coordinator, said: “The students at Hyndburn Academy are very enthusiastic and took the session very seriously, they are a credit to their school.
“It’s clear that they have what it takes to be successful. Hopefully, they will take back the advice given and start taking action on what to do by the time they apply for college. ”
The workshop comes after Blackburn Sixth Form became the East Lancashire hub for the OxNet program in September.
The program aims to provide information and advice on applying to the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group.
This is an intensive 12-month academic program for 12th grade students living in the North West, North East and London, which leads to a residency at Pembroke College, University of Oxford.
The course includes a mix of study days, essays, series, Easter lectures, summer schools and discussions.
This year, Blackburn Sixth Form asked five of its students to enroll in the universities of Oxford or Cambridge.