Downe House joins with Wellington College for first Academic Conference

Last week saw the School's first Oxbridge Academic Conference organised jointly with Wellington College and aimed at pupils aspiring to apply to Oxbridge.

Pupils spent the day learning how to negotiate the demanding application and interview process and was packed with advice on how to develop oneself into an outstanding candidate.

Everyone applying to Oxbridge in the Lower Sixth had prepared a short talk on a topic linked to their extra reading. Pupils from both Downe and Wellington split into panels depending on their subject choice. Then the groups worked together to present their course-related research to both their peers and some Lower Fifth pupils and this was followed by some very lively and in depth discussions.

One of the Downe House girls explained, “The nature of these small groups not only enabled us to give detailed talks on topics we were passionate about but also encouraged tutorial-style in depth discussions into topics that we may never have considered before.

I took so much from the event, in regards to both my academic progress and my personal confidence in approaching the final lead up next term to our applications in October. Not only was the conference a great opportunity to help us prepare for the interviews that we could potentially be offered, but the event as a whole encouraged us to continue to consolidate all the extra reading we had undertaken over the past year.”
Mr Andrew Atherton, Head of Oxbridge Applications, commented, “It was fantastic to see the Downe and Wellington pupils supporting each other on the challenging journey of applying to the best universities in the world. It takes a great deal of preparation to succeed and we are pleased to provide both expertise and practical help for the pupils who have set themselves this ambitious goal. We are confident that many of them have the qualities to succeed.”

On behalf of all the girls our thanks go to Mr Atherton for organising the conference.

Posted: 4th Jul 2017

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