We want to work with schools who would like additional support in raising the aspirations and attainment of their students regarding Higher Education, including Oxbridge applications.

Somerville is linked to schools in Buckinghamshire, Kingston-upon-Thames, Hounslow, Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and the Forest of Dean through Oxford’s link college outreach system, so we are particularly interested to hear from schools and teachers in those areas.

Our Access & Outreach work aims to increase the participation of students who are statistically less likely to progress to higher education. We can use our resources most effectively if we prioritise schools with higher numbers of students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. We’re also really keen to help schools with fewer internal resources and little to no recent history of successful Oxford and Cambridge applications. We are still happy to host visits from schools with fewer disadvantaged students, if they feel that we can add to the support they already provide.

For any school group visiting Somerville, we would request that priority is given to students who are more likely to need extra support in accessing university, such as students who have experience of care, are eligible for free school meals, from service families, are the first in their family to go to university, who identify as BAME and/or are from less affluent backgrounds.

If you’re interested in visiting us, please get in touch on access@some.ox.ac.uk or call on 01865 270 592. We look forward to meeting you soon!