Students from Years 11 and 12 had lectures from representatives from Oxford university about the range of maths and statistics courses available to them.
Admissions co-ordinator Rebecca Cotton-Barratt and schools liaison officer Mareli Augustyn delivered a presentation to Year 11 students which was purely maths-based, while their focus for the Year 12s was on maths and statistics, plus the entry requirements for a university place at Oxford.
Teacher Nina Smith organised the visit and said: ‘We want this to inspire our students about Statistics as a subject and get them to consider its links with other degree subjects as it has a wide range of applications.’
Afterward Mareli said: ‘We find that the Year 12 students are generally quite aware of the maths courses more than the statistics courses so we are trying to raise awareness. We have departmental open days in May and then university-wide open days on 2 and 3 July and another open day in September. We also have other annual events, for Year 12 students doing further maths who want to explore all their options, not necessarily maths, but physics, material science and many other courses too. A lot of the departments do their own individual days.'
Rebecca added: ‘I hope that the Sixth Formers realised that Oxford is not as scary as they may think and there is a whole range of really interesting maths out there. With a subject like maths and statistics the graduates are so in demand, they have the skills to go into a job and being immediately productive, it is a very valuable subject.’