As one of the country’s top independent schools, Eltham College has a long tradition of supporting students to study at these world-class academic institutions. Although the majority of this support inevitably occurs during Sixth Form, our scholars programme engages with younger year groups, offering extra-curricular visits, activities and talks to help prepare our most talented students for a possible future Oxbridge application.
Our Oxbridge programme aims to be highly personalised, ultimately defined by the cohort each year. However in broad terms we seek to identify potential Oxbridge candidates early in Lower Sixth Form, and then invite them to visit the universities and colleges, as well as engage with alumni who are either currently studying at, or recently graduated from, either Oxford or Cambridge.
These early interventions are designed to allow students to gain a better understanding of whether the institutions, and style of study, are the right ‘fit’ for them. It is important to stress that the decision to apply must rest solely with the student – to do so can be a significant undertaking, and admissions tutors are expert in identifying those students who are not wholly committed.
For those students who decide to apply, we provide a comprehensive programme of support, including additional lessons to help prepare for the entrance exams, subject mentors from among the teaching staff to challenge the students academically, mock interviews and workshops, and where possible, an Oxbridge ‘Elthamentor’, sourced from our Elthamians alumni community. We also invite students to attend the Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference in the Lent term, as well as provide them with helpful resources to prepare effectively during the summer holidays before Upper Sixth.