Preparing for Oxbridge
Simon Bucknall who is an Oxbridge graduate and twice UK and Ireland Champion of Public Speaking visited the school on Thursday 1 October. Fourteen Year 13 students who are applying for Oxbridge this Autumn attended an Oxbridge skills workshop during the school day and were given a ‘mock’ interview by Simon.
An Oxford graduate (’95-’98), Simon has first-hand experience of the university interview process – and has since delivered communications skills sessions for students, academics and faculty in schools, colleges and universities across the country. He is also a frequent speaker at the Cambridge University Department of Engineering, Oxford’s Said Business School and the Oxford Blavatnik School of Government. He is also a Fellow of the UK Professional Speaking Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacturing & Commerce.
Simon also delivered an evening talk in the Old School for Year 12 and 13 students and their parents on Oxbridge Interview Skills. This practical and interactive workshop ‘demystified’ the Oxbridge interview process and gave practical tips and insights to help students make the most of their opportunity. While much that has been said about the Oxbridge interview process is pure myth, the reality is that communicating your ideas confidently, persuasively and appropriately under pressure takes some doing … especially when you’re in conversation with a seasoned academic!