Support for University Applicants from Oasis Academy, South Bank

Since 2019, CLS has supported pupils from a new Sixth Form in Lambeth with their university interview preparation. Oasis Academy South Bank is a secondary school serving a community historically underrepresented at the UK’s top universities. In 2020, over half of Oasis Academy’s Sixth Form won places at Russell Group institutions. This year, we have adopted a more systematic approach to the partnership with sessions delivered to pupils at the end of Year 12 on the application process, personal statements, aptitude tests and supra-curricular commitments.

This was followed by interview practice, feedback and further advice in the run-up to the real interviews in November and December. We are delighted that 2 Oasis pupils received Oxbridge offers, a significant breakthrough for the School.

“City of London School has supported students from Oasis Academy South Bank with mock interviews over the last two years to help put them on an even footing with their more advantaged peers at Oxford, Cambridge and Med Schools. The teachers at CLS are both knowledgeable in their subject, savvy about preparing teenagers for university interview techniques, and go out of their way to help others when they can. Our school has a wide spread of academic talent, and the top attainers benefit hugely from being exposed to the mock interviews that they have organised for us – they realise that they are a small fish in a big pond and always come out of the mock interviews with practical tips for how to improve. At a time when resources are stretched and school logistics are more complex and fraught than ever, this collaboration between the private and state sector is a significant aid to us." Michael Slavinsky, Assistant Associate Principal, Oasis Academy South Bank

"Dr Pearce gave me a mock interview for Medicine which helped me hugely. He was kind and encouraging, but he also gave me some really solid advice: I have to stay abreast of the news in medicine beyond just Covid-19! He pushed me on my answers, and he was never satisfied with general points – he made me really think and I had to expand on my answers which is something I can now take into my real interview. He made me defend things from my personal statement and forced me to consider what I would do if the interviews disagreed with my views. I definitely think I know how to prepare for my next interview better – whether it’s how to act on camera or how to talk about my passions in the subject in a more eloquent way.” JamesYear 13 student, Oasis Academy South Bank

At a time when resources are stretched and school logistics are more complex and fraught than ever, this collaboration between the private and state sector is a significant aid to us

Michael Slavinsky, Assistant Associate Principal, Oasis Academy South Bank