The Oxbridge programme at d’Overbroeck’s kicks off in the first term of the Lower Sixth with a series of talks that take place at regular intervals over the year. These include a session with our own successful applicants – past students currently at Oxbridge and students in the Upper Sixth who have received offers – and a conference where an admissions tutor from Oxford or Cambridge comes to talk about what they look for in a successful applicant.
Applying to Oxford or Cambridge is a challenging but exciting process for most students. Applicants need to be highly motivated and committed – the application process is designed to identify and weed out those who are not – as well as academically curious and highly able.
At least as importantly, applicants need to be fully informed: as with any competitive process, students are playing a game, and they can only play it successfully if they know the rules. Our Oxbridge programme is intended to support students in all these crucial areas.
All students applying to Oxford or Cambridge are put on a full programme of personal support throughout the process. They are assigned a personal tutor – a subject expert who monitors a personalised programme of study to stretch the student beyond the demands of A levels. Students attend individual and small-group sessions, designed to model the Oxbridge tutorial system and, later on, are given extensive formal mock interview practice. We also provide opportunities to attend Open Days locally in Oxford and help students arrange individual visits to Cambridge Open Days.