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Oxbridge Forums

Bradfield runs 'Oxbridge Forums' every other week in the Michaelmas term. There are currently three in different subject areas: Arts and Literature, Social Science and Natural Sciences. These are being lead via Microsoft Teams by Bradfield members of staff. They include Bradfield pupils as well as pupils from 3 local state maintained schools. All three forums include Bradfieldians as well as other local pupils.

Aims

These are being lead via Microsoft Teams by Bradfield members of staff. They include Bradfield pupils as well as pupils from local state maintained schools. All three forums include Bradfieldians as well as other local pupils.

Background

Bradfield have had Oxbridge Societies for a significant number of years but the Oxbridge Co-ordinato saw remote learning as a way to open up to the wider community through the use of Microsoft Teams. It is the first year of this project but it works well and the hope will be to establish a community group of 'Oxbridge' candidates who would benefit from broader discussion with other like-minded students.

Resources

These are being lead via Microsoft Teams by Bradfield members of staff - 6 to 8 on rotation.

They include Bradfield pupils as well as pupils from local state maintained schools. All three forums include Bradfieldians as well as other local pupils.

 

Weekly online for 90 minutes

Impact

Quantitative data will be the number of students from the group who successfully gain Oxbridge offers.

The qualitative data will be interviews and discussion with attending staff and pupils about whether the sessions have helped them to prepare for the application process and made them feel more confident.

“We have had a record number of Oxbridge applicants this year. There will be many reasons for this, but I am sure one of them is the sessions Bradfield has been running.  Many thanks for including us.”

– Head of Sixth Form, The Willink

 

“It was really useful to be able to discuss ideas with people from other schools. We heard and learned about other perspectives which we may never have considered only talking to other Bradfield pupils. It was even more beneficial for those of us applying for courses which were less popular this year at Bradfield, as it gave us an opportunity to talk to people our own age about ideas which interest us”– Bradfield Sixth Form Oxbridge candidate

Pupil Involvement

6-8 Bradfield Pupils 

6-8 state school pupils

17-18 years old

Mix of boys and girls

 

Frequency

Weekly for the Michaelmas term with a view to the project being ongoing and the number of schools and pupils involved increasing as the years progress.