Hannah and Nuala, our Access & Outreach Team, host day visits from school groups every week during Oxford term time, offered free of charge.
Students in year 7 and above are welcome to come to Somerville and get a flavour of what studying at Oxford, and University more broadly, is like. Our researchers are experienced in capturing the imagination of young people through taster sessions on subjects ranging from the headaches of translating Harry Potter into French, to the Ancient world, to much more. The day also includes a tour of the College buildings and a free lunch in our beautiful Dining Hall.
We want to work with schools who would like additional support in raising the aspirations and attainment of their pupils regarding Higher Education, including Oxbridge applications. Somerville is linked to schools in Buckinghamshire, Kingston-upon-Thames, Hounslow, Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and the Forest of Dean through Oxford’s link college outreach system, so we are particularly interested to hear from schools and teachers in those areas.
Our access & outreach work aims to increase the participation of students who are statistically less likely to progress to higher education. We can use our resources to the greatest positive effect if we prioritise schools with higher numbers of disadvantaged students, including those who have been in receipt of or are currently receiving free school meals, as well as care leavers. We're also really keen to help schools with little to no recent history of successful Oxford and Cambridge applications.
We are still very happy to host visits from schools with fewer disadvantaged pupils, if they feel that we can add to the support they already provide to their students. We would encourage such schools to focus opportunities to visit on those of their pupils who are most likely to need extra support, such as those who require financial support, are from less affluent areas (using the ACORN and POLAR metrics), or will be the first in their family to enter Higher Education.
If you're interested in visiting us, please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01865 270 592.
We look forward to meeting you soon!