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As well as organising visits to and from schools (more information here), Queen’s is working to develop its Outreach programmes.

The Lewisham Programme

The Lewisham programme is a yearly programme of events in collaboration with the Lewisham Council and Gonville and Cauis College, Cambridge for all gifted and talented year 12 state school students in the borough.

The yearly programme includes the following events:

Date Event Cambridge Oxford Lewisham
September/October Introduction evening - - Whole group
October/November College Visit 1 Sciences & Maths Arts and Humanities -
February College Visit 2 Arts and Humanities Sciences & Maths -
April/May Study Skills - - Whole group
June Teachers' session - - Teachers
June  Application Workshop - - Whole group
June/July Open Days Whole group Whole group         -
July Parents' Session - - Parents
October Interview Workshop - - Whole group

Experience Oxford Days

These days are held in Hilary and Trinity terms in collaboration with St Hilda’s College. They are open to Year 10 and Year 12 students attending state schools in Sutton and Surrey.  

All visits will include a chance to visit both colleges, meet current students, have lunch in a college and attend an academic taster session.

Wheatley Park Spotlight Project

This project is a mentoring scheme held in collaboration with Wheatley Park School, Oxford.  Queen’s students are matched with year 11 students based on mutual subject interest and are mentored over a series of Saturday Schools to produce a research-style poster on a topic of their choice. 

Oxbridge in Cumbria

This is a full day of application preparation held in collaboration with Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. The day includes personal statements workshops, interviews preparation and a Q&A session with current Oxford and Cambridge students.  This event is hosted in rotation by one school with attendance open to all other schools in the region. 

Open Days Plus

This scheme is an extended programme of events in June/July for state schools in Lancashire, Cumbria, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool for whom travelling down to Oxford during the school year is not feasible. It offers an extra night’s accommodation for students to stay for one of the main open days plus one day of Queen’s-based admissions support and other academic taster activities. 

An example schedule of events looks like this (Group A in red and Group B in blue):

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM   Breakfast (Group A)
Application process explained and academic taster sessions
Breakfast (Group A)
University Open Day
Breakfast (Group B)
University Open Day
Breakfast (Group B)
Application process explained and academic taster sessions
PM Group A arrives
Dinner
Personal statement, interview and teachers' reference workshops (Group A)
Dinner
University Open Day (Group A)
Group A leaves
Group B arrives Dinner
University Open day (Group B)
Dinner
Personal statement, interview and teachers' reference workshops (Group B)
Group B leaves

Little Open Days

Please see Open Days section of the website.

If you think that you are eligible for any of these programmes and would like to get involved please contact Orock, our Schools Liaison and Outreach Officer. You can also keep up to date with our events and activities by following @QueensOutreach on Twitter!