Schools and Teachers

Visit us, or we'll visit you, and let your students talk to our Access team to find out more about university, the application process, and life at Oxford.

Visiting Wadham: Aspiration and Access Days

Each term, we invite schools to bring pupils to visit Wadham College to learn more about Russell Group institutions. We can offer advice and guidance for your students to help put them in the best position to apply to a competitive/research intensive university in the future. Some visits are tailored specifically to pre-16s (Year 9/10 Aspiration Days), with others focused on post-16 students (Year 12 Access Days).

If your school has little history of progression to Russell Group universities then the Year 9/10 Aspiration Days are useful to guide your students through the important choices ahead. For those schools with students applying to Russell Group universities/Oxbridge with little success, the Access Days may be more beneficial. View sample programmes of each day below.

The College does not charge for Aspiration and Access Days (NB: schools are required to arrange and pay for their own transport and all students and staff are asked to bring a packed lunch). Schools can apply for up to 15 places for their students and dates will be advertised at the beginning of each term.

Throughout the year, other opportunities for our link schools to visit the College or University may arise. In order to be kept up to date, please send us a message so that we can add you to our contacts list!

Years 12/13

Apply for Access Day places Oxford Admissions process

For information about the student experience, work and lifestyle take a look at the Wadham Student Union's Alternative Prospectus or the ‘Why choose Wadham?’ pages of our website.

Summer Schools and Residentials

Wadham College runs a variety of residential summer school programmes, individually and in collaboration with other parts of the University. For further information please contact: access@wadh.ox.ac.uk

Politics Summer School Classics Summer School Engineering Summer School Oxford UNIQ Summer Schools

Classics Summer School

Wadham College and Oxford Faculty of Classics deliver a week-long, academically-intense summer school for exceptional students.

This widening participation project is aimed at making Classics accessible to students from non-traditional backgrounds.

Students will attend daily language classes, lectures, seminars and an Oxford-style tutorial, for which they'll produce an essay. The main aims of the summer school are: to provide outstanding students with an authentic undergraduate experience; to introduce students to university styles of teaching and learning and to pique their interest in the study of classics and the ancient world.  

Watch the video below to hear participants and tutors talking about this programme.

Play Classics Summer School

Teachers and Resources

We are particularly interested in engaging with teachers at our link schools. If you would like any help, advice, or guidance on how to support your students, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Below are some examples of the ways we aim to support you.

Teacher information sessions

We frequently collaborate with our Cambridge colleagues – along with other HE partners – to run sessions for teachers in our link regions; if you would be interested in hosting a session for teachers from across your local authority area, please contact Emily at access@wadh.ox.ac.uk. During these sessions, we talk you through the application process step-by-step, point you in the right direction of useful resources for your students, and answer all of your questions. For an example of what we cover in these sessions, please see the slideshow below.

Regional projects

Alongside our day-to-day activities, we are keen to develop more in-depth curriculum-enrichment schemes in our link regions. We currently have such a scheme in place for Year 12 students across Newham. Within this project, students take part in a series of seminars in Newham – run by Oxford academics – and then visit Wadham College for a short residential in the Easter holiday. We also run a project for Year 10s in Luton, which allows students to take part in age-appropriate seminars – run by Oxford graduate students – and visit Wadham. For both projects, students apply for places from schools across the whole region (around 20-25 places are available for each scheme). If you are a teacher in Newham or Luton and would like to hear more about this, please get in touch with access@wadh.ox.ac.uk. In addition, if you are from another of Wadham’s link regions, please contact us if you would be interested in developing a similar project in your area.

Resources: Activities to help your students broaden academic horizons outside the classroom

Visits to your school

As well as inviting schools to bring students to visit Wadham, we visit our link regions to share our advice and guidance.

We will deliver talks each term in each of our link regions, which are suitable for different age groups. These include Year 13 talks focused on Oxbridge interviews, Year 12 talks on applying to Oxford, Cambridge, or Russell Group universities and Year 10 talks about preparing for university applications.

In addition to these larger talks, it is also possible in some circumstances for us to come to individual schools to talk to groups, particularly younger years. For further information or to arrange a visit please contact access@wadh.ox.ac.uk.

Access Roadshow

Wadham Student Ambassadors and our Access Team run an annual roadshow in one of our regional link areas.

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In summer 2015, the Access Roadshow took place in Luton and focused on Yr 9 and 10 students. We visited nine schools and colleges in Luton and one in Central Bedfordshire, talking to Year 9s and 10s about Russell Group universities, careers, and what students can do now to put themselves in the best position for the future. More

In summer 2016, our roadshow team visited eleven schools in Havering and Barking & Dagenham. In each school, a member of the Access Team and three Wadham undergraduate students delivered a talk tailored to suit specific year groups. Sessions were delievered for Year 7, 8, 9, and 10 students. More

Your workshop inspired and motivated our students and we are looking forward to developing further links with you.

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