Your article: Officer from Oriel College pays a visit to school

Pocklington School welcomed an outreach officer from Oriel College, Oxford, recently.

The school was joined by pupils from Woldgate College and Market Weighton School for the day. The sessions were designed to meet the specific requirements of each year group, from 4th form (Y10) pupils just beginning their GCSE studies to Upper 6th (Y13) pupils who have applied to Oxford and Cambridge this academic year.

Emma Bausch used the occasion to communicate that there are only two criteria for Oxbridge entry, both Oxford and Cambridge want individuals who possess excellent academic records and are passionate about their chosen subject. She also explained that degrees can lead in many more directions than we think.

Louise Lamb, Oxbridge adviser at Pocklington School, said: “It was heartening but challenging for current applicants to hear that Oxbridge interviewers often prize a well-defended answer over a correct one.

“We enjoyed a thought-provoking morning which opened some eyes to the possibilities ahead. As we were reminded more than once, it does not matter where you are from or who you are, if you have the proven ability and the academic curiosity, Oxford or Cambridge could be for you.

“Pocklington School is delighted to be strengthening its relationship with Oriel College, following a successful stay at the college in July. This complements the school’s existing connection with St John’s College, Cambridge. As in previous years, we plan to visit both Oxford and Cambridge with our current Lower 6th pupils in 2015.”