At Leweston, students who aspire to study at the most celebrated academic institutions are supported from the very start of their Senior School journey. From the Rhetoric Society in Years 7 to 9, through to the Scholars’ Society in Years 10 and 11 and Head’s Essay Society in the Sixth Form, we encourage the academic ambitions of our students and develop their confidence in discussing theories, concepts and ideas, with increasing levels of complexity and independence. Students take part in ‘Oxplore’ live debates and Oxford’s Outreach Programme, as well as receiving individual advice from the Careers Adviser, all of which are aimed at motivating our most academically able students to consider an application to Oxford or Cambridge University. 

From Year 11 upwards, the Oxbridge application process becomes more formal and bespoke, involving the following activities and events: 


Year 11  

  • Students attend individual careers interviews with the Careers Adviser (with a focus on super-curricular activities for Oxbridge candidates) 
  • Oxbridge information is made available at the Sixth Form Information Evening 
  • The Careers Adviser is available at Parents’ Evening to discuss Oxbridge applications 
  • Sixth Form Induction – students receive a UCAS presentation and register for their UCAS account 

Year 12  

  • Autumn Term – Students receive a post-18 presentation with information on Oxbridge applications 
  • Students and parents are invited to attend a Russell Group university talk about the UCAS application process 
  • Spring Term – Individual interviews take place, developing an action plan to gain the necessary super-curricular evidence and experience 
  • Summer TermFuture Directions Day: students complete their UCAS form and Oxbridge candidates produce a first draft of their personal statement 
  • Summer Holidays – Students’ personal statements are finalised with the support of the careers adviser, Head of Sixth Form and subject specialists 

Year 13 

  • Autumn term; Early September – Entries for admissions tests are completed and submitted to the exams officer. Students take part in an admissions test discussion and receive support to find suitable practice papers
  • September 30 – Students’ UCAS forms are submitted to the school by this date. Support is provided to help students choose a college and make their other four university choices 


October 15 – All Oxbridge applications must be submitted by this date 

  • Early November – Students take their admissions tests in school and attend practice interviews sessions with the Head of Sixth Form 
  • Mid November – Students have a mock interview with a panel of two external specialists (with personalised feedback); they also receive support selecting and submitting any required written work and completing the SAQ (Cambridge only) 
  • Early December – Students receive notification of interview dates. Subject teachers help prepare students for interview. Students are given help researching possible questions 
  • Students are notified of the outcome of their applications by the beginning of January. 
The Leweston Learner
From Nursery to Sixth Form Leweston shares an educational approach that helps our pupils develop an attitude to learning they can apply across the curriculum, as well as in the wider world. Click on the five key characteristics to find out more.
Scholarships at Leweston

Each year Leweston is proud to award scholarships which recognise and encourage pupils with talent, potential and who we believe will make a significant contribution to the life of the school. Scholarships are available for Academic Excellence and in Art and Design, Equestrian, Music, Drama, Sport and Pentathlon.

Application Deadline:

Sixth Form | 10 November 2023 (CLOSED)
11+ and 13+ | 5 January 2024

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