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Oxbridge in sight

18 March 2020

Two Westminster City School sixth formers have beaten hundreds across the UK to join a prestigious programme supporting future study at Oxford and Cambridge.

Current Year 12 students, Noah and Bilal, have been selected for the 2020 Target Oxbridge programme. Sponsored by Oxford and Cambridge, Target Oxbridge aims to help high achieving UK black students from African or Caribbean heritage make a competitive application to these world-leading universities. This year, following over 900 applications for the 2020 Target Oxbridge programme, just 160 were selected, which included Noah and Bilal!

Noah, who is studying A Levels in English, History and Religious Studies in our Sixth Form, and hopes to read theology at university, said: “I feel very privileged to be part of this exciting and high-profile programme. My parents were really proud when I told them, as they knew how difficult and lengthy the application process had been.”

Bilal is taking A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics in our Sixth Form, and wants to read medicine at university. He said: “My mother was ecstatic when I told her my good news. I am particularly looking forward to the advice and guidance I will receive through Target Oxbridge, which will help with future university applications.”

Both of our sixth formers will now visit Oxford and Cambridge, receive mentoring from current students and alumni, and attend a summer development programme involving application support and subject-specific workshops from both universities.

Target Oxbridge participants are selected on the basis of their academic potential, as assessed through a formal written application and an interview. Through participation in Target Oxbridge, students are helped to become prepared for, and more confident about, subsequently submitting an application to Oxford or Cambridge.

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