Sixth Form Pupils Take Part in Oxbridge Practice Interview Evening
Sixth Formers from Blandford, Shaftesbury, Gillingham and Downside schools joined us on Wednesday evening for St Mary’s inaugural Oxbridge Interview Practice Evening. Around 50 applicants, applying for a whole range of degrees including Dentistry, Medicine, English and Veterinary Science, took part in rigorous mock interviews based on their personal statements which have already been submitted to Oxford and Cambridge. Many volunteers from the local community took part in carrying out interviews alongside staff from all five schools. These included GPs, vets, an Oxford Theologian and many others who had experienced the interview process themselves. Students gained valuable experience from subject specialists on interview technique and the wider Oxbridge interview process and were intensely questioned on their personal statements. All will hear within the next few weeks whether they have been successful for some of the UK’s most prestigious universities.
Head, Maria Young, said: “The evening, led by our new Head of Sixth Form, Susie Cochrane-Dyet, gave all the students a really valuable insight into what could be their first professional interview under pressure. Regardless of whether they are accepted or not, they gained useful experience for the future. In 2019, 14% of St Mary’s girls achieved places at Oxford and Cambridge and this year 20% are applying. We encourage every girl at St Mary’s to be self-assured, ambitious and have the confidence to aim high and fulfil their full potential.”