Cornish Independent and State Schools Partner in Sixth Form Initiative

On Thursday 19 March the Cornwall Sixth Forms Together (CSFT) group are holding their first Oxbridge seminar at Truro School.


This brand new seminar is designed to support Cornwall’s sixth form staff who are responsible for university entrance guidance, and enable them to network and gain a better understanding of the different application process that is required for Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge) Universities.


Requests to Oxbridge Universities must be started much earlier than other universities because there is a very rigorous application process that takes considerable time and preparation.


The usual UCAS deadline for university applications is 31 January each year however, with the Oxbridge universities, requests need to be in by 15 October.


Steve McCabe, Head of Academic Scholars at Truro School said:

“Some students simply don’t realise how good they are. They receive incredible AS exam results and need to make choices and apply very quickly, sometimes they leave this too late. Oxford and Cambridge are two of the most highly regarded educational establishments in the world and can afford to set the highest standards for recruitment, including additional tests in some subjects and a rigorous interview process”.


Mr McCabe continued:

“The CSFT hopes to help schools identify talent earlier so they can take advantage of excellent results and open up opportunities for more Oxbridge applications in all schools.”


The event is the first of its kind in Cornwall and will explore specific strategies for Oxbridge entrants including a talk from special guest Sam Turner, the School and College Liaison Officer from Downing College, Cambridge.


Recent success stories from candidates across the county will also be shared to examine any essays or material they were asked to produce as part of the application process, discuss the hurdles the students faced and how they approached the demanding interview tasks.


Sue Martin, Chair of Cornwall Sixth Forms Together and Principal of Tretherras School in Newquay, said:

“All of us are passionate about raising standards and we are determined that our students should get the very best offer possible; this includes sharing ideas and strategies for increasing uptake at Britain’s top universities.”


Time has also been set aside at the event for networking, allowing over 25 senior professionals from 14 of Cornwall’s schools to plan future collaborations and activities.


Mrs Martin said:

“I am delighted that the Independent and State sectors are working in this innovative partnership for the benefit of sixth forms across the county. We are ambitious for further improvement and have a clear vision and determination to make our sixth forms the very best that they can be. The programme looks exciting and we are grateful to Truro School for organising and facilitating the event.”