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Success for Stephen

23 March 2021

Congratulations to Year 12 student, Stephen, who has been chosen ahead of hundreds from across the UK to join a prestigious programme supporting future study at Oxford and Cambridge.

Stephen, who is studying A Levels in Computer Science, History and Maths within our Sixth Form, has been selected for the 2021 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’s programme received over 1,000 applications and just 160 participants were selected, which includes Stephen.

Stephen explains: “I submitted my application for Target Oxbridge after seeing the programme advertised in our Sixth Form. I then had to sit an interview which was pretty scary even though it was focussed on law, which is one of my favourite topics and something that I do love talking about! 

“A few months after my interview, I received an email to say that I had been successful and would be admitted onto the Target Oxbridge programme! Of course my parents were thrilled to hear this good news!”

Ms Dennis, Head of our Sixth Form, said: “This is wonderful news for Stephen and a fantastic chance for him to discover more about applying to, and studying at, Oxford or Cambridge in the future.”

As part of the 2021 Target Oxbridge programme, Stephen will now be offered mentoring with current students and alumni from Oxford and Cambridge, plus a summer development programme involving application workshops and subject-specific work from both universities. This year, the Target Oxbridge programme will take place online, in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.

Target Oxbridge participants are selected on the basis of their academic potential, with participation in the programme designed to prepare students and make them feel more confident about subsequently submitting an application to Oxford or Cambridge. Since launching in 2012, Target Oxbridge has helped over 200 students secure Oxbridge offers. 

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