University of Oxford Outreach Programme
Wadham is one of the thirty-eight colleges which constitute the University of Oxford. The project involves Years 10 and 11 and gives students the opportunity to learn more about university-level education, with the hope that students on the programme will learn how to make a competitive application to university in the future.
The scheme involves students attending a number of academic taster sessions delivered by Oxford University lecturers. Students learn topics they are unlikely to have studied at school and may choose between two areas: STEM, Arts and Humanities.
The Year 10 project ends with a visit to Wadham where students are given a tour of the college, meet student ambassadors and hear about studying at university. Students then complete a summer project.
In Year 11, students attend a variety of workshops to support their schoolwork including ‘A Level choices’ and ‘Study Skills’ culminating in a residential at the College.
Over twenty Denbigh students, who were identified by the school as having potential to study at a highly competitive university, applied. As well as being academically driven, students also were required to display an enthusiasm for this project and be determined to succeed. However, places were very limited, and our Careers Coordinator, Mrs Armstrong, reported that in previous years, only five students were allowed onto the course from each school.
After waiting for over a month, six very happy Denbigh students learned they were successful applicants. The students are Sarwar Muquith 102, Mohammed Raees Murtaza 105, Hamzah Miah 107, Ameena Akhtar 102, Alisha Nessa 107 and Aamna Ahmad 102.
Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Corder said, “I would like to congratulate each and every one of the students who have been chosen for the Wadham College project. They are very lucky indeed to have been given this rare opportunity to gain an insight into a competitive university as prestigious as Oxford.”
Student Mohammed Raees Murtaza said: “This is a great opportunity to develop my learning and knowledge of ‘Oxbridge’ higher education.”
Ameena Akhtar also said: “This amazing experience will show us what university life is like and will help my future aspirations to go to a top university.”
Hamzah Miah views the project as “An exciting experience for all of us to enhance our future prospects.”
Well done to everyone!