Pictured above: Fellow of Oxford University, Martin Slater, with pupils from the Lower Sixth Form
This evening was the sixth of many Critical Thinking sessions which are set up for pupils in the Lower Sixth Form considering an application to Oxford or Cambridge University. Mr Martin Slater, a teacher of Economics at Oxford, gave the pupils a detailed insight into Oxbridge life and how to get to these prestigious institutions.
Critical Thinking is an after school activity designed for pupils in the Lower Sixth who are considering Oxbridge. The aims are to develop lateral thinking, to encourage academic study outside the A-Level syllabus and to give pupils a better idea of what is expected of an Oxbridge Student.
Martin Slater is a Fellow of St. Edmund Hall College at Oxford, who specialises in Economics. Having studied as an under-graduate, post-graduate and now as a lecturer at Oxford, Mr Slater had a lot of vital information to offer the students about the whole spectrum of Oxbridge life.
Mr Slater spoke about the prestige of Oxford and Cambridge and how they are firmly established as world class universities. He informed the pupils about the collegiate system, daily life for an Oxford student, and the types of work involved. He also spoke about the extreme competitiveness of admissions and gave Oxbridge hopefuls guidelines to aid their application.
This Critical Thinking session fell on the same day as Non-Uniform Day which raised over £1,000 for World Book Day, an organisation which celebrates books and reading, and supports the charities Readathon and Book Aid International.