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Oxbridge conferences held at Harrogate Grammar School for sixth form students

Two conferences designed to give students the Oxbridge university experience have been held at Harrogate Grammar School.

Two conferences designed to give students the Oxbridge university experience have been held at Harrogate Grammar School. The events, held for Year 13 students, were designed to give them a real-life experience of applying for highly competitive courses at Oxbridge and medical schools. Over 150 students were attended the event as part of the Sixth Form’s University Preparation Programme.

Last year, The Sixth Form at Harrogate Grammar School celebrated a record nine offers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities to its students, the highest number in the school’s recent history. 

Year 13 student, Henry Smith said:

"The Oxbridge Conference was rigorously challenging and really helped me to understand how to navigate the unique experience of a university interview. The opportunity to test myself was invaluable preparation for my application to study History and Politics at Cambridge.

"The chance to discuss both subjects with a teacher from another school put me out of my comfort zone and exposed me to new ideas and lines of a questioning about a variety of topics from either discipline.

"Whatever the outcome of my application, I feel the support from the Oxbridge Conference was extremely beneficial."

At the Oxbridge conferences, students participated in tutorials, critiquing texts, data analysis and interpretation and problem-solving.

The medical event included mini-interview techniques, quick-fire tasks and feedback. Students also discussed a range of ethical issues and role-played difficult scenarios.

Headteacher Neil Renton said:

"The conferences this year have been hugely valuable, and we were so pleased to deliver them in person.

"Thanks to all the guests who gave up their time and expertise to give our students such a great, immersive experience. I am also very grateful to our partner schools for collaborating with us on such an exciting programme of events."

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