Current Events Taking Place in Schools

Surrey Schools - St Hilda's College Partnership

The partnership offers twilight academic tasters and application information sessions for students in a rotating host Surrey state school, between 4.15–6.15pm, upto twice a year. Our first-ever session was hosted by Howard of Effingham School in Leatherhead and was attended by YR12 students from over ten Surrey schools. Academic talks were delivered by Dr Stephen Wren, Associate Research Fellow in Chemistry and Dr Daniel Bulte, Associate Professor in Engineering Science & Physics.

The purpose of these sessions is to give students a guided opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding, in subject areas they may like to study at university. These sessions also include a section on how to make a competitive application to the University.

If you are a teacher from a state school in Surrey and would like volunteer to host a subject twilight session of your choice then please contact Corinne Tomsett directly to begin planning the event together.

In Schools

Corinne regularly accepts invitations to visit state schools in Surrey. She can deliver a range of talks, during the school day, to your students from YR9–13. Here are some examples of the talks Corinne can offer your students:

  • YR9   Raising Aspirations: Thinking About University (and Oxford) - this is suitable for all YR9s and can be adapted for any year group above or below this key stage, if appropriate.
  • YR10 Introduction to Oxford & The Super Curriculum - suitable for students beginning to show potential to apply to a top university and can be adapted for any year group above or below this keystage, if appropriate.
  • YR11 A Level Options & University Courses: An introduction to Oxford - this talk is suitable for all YR11s thinking about post-16 course choices or can be tailored specifically for those showing clear potential of being able to apply to a Russell Group university.
  • YR12 Oxford & The Application Process - for those expressing an interest and/or having potential to apply to Oxford.
  • YR12/13 Personal Statement Writing Workshop - suitable for those applying to Oxford / Cambridge and can be tailored for all YR12s applying to university (June is a good time for this workshop!)
  • YR13 Interview workshop –suitable for applicants to Oxford wishing to learn about and better prepare for the academic interview.

Corinne also welcomes invitations to directly support teachers guiding students to make applications to Oxford. She is happy to attend teacher training days or conferences offering guidance on any or all of the following:

  • The application process.
  • The teacher reference – the essentials.
  • How to offer students guidance and feedback on the personal statement.
  • Relevant extra-curricular activity / work experience.
  • The tests and interview .

Please contact Corinne Tomsett to book a talk with your students and/or teachers.

University Events Supported By St Hilda's College

Each year the University of Oxford work alongside our Cambridge partners to deliver a series of joint Oxbridge conferences for Year 12 (or equivalent) students and their teachers/HE advisers. These fantastic events provide up-to-date information on the application and admissions processes at both institutions, as well as an insight into student life. Your students can meet with admissions & subject tutors and current undergraduates, and observe mock interviews. They will also find out more about individual subjects and student finance, including available bursaries and grants. For more information, go to the student conference website.

Because the University recognises the key role that teachers and careers advisers play in encouraging students to consider their options and make informed decisions, we also run regional teacher conferences, for which applications are now open. During conferences, we welcome the chance to talk with teachers and advisers about supporting their students through all aspects of considering, and applying to, Oxford. St Hilda’s College Schools Programme Officer, Corinne Tomsett, also attends both the Oxbridge conferences at Epsom Downs Race Course and, when offered, the Teacher conference in Knightsbridge. These events offer a good opportunity to meet up and ask any questions about any aspect of the schools programme and discuss any support the college can offer schools. To book a place at the Teachers' Conference, sign up here.