Pembroke Hosts Teachers’ Conference on ‘Demystifying the Oxford Admissions Process’

9th July 2018

22 teachers from state schools across England gathered at Pembroke in June for our annual Teachers’ Conference. Many came from the College’s link regions in the North West and Manchester, as well as Sunderland, Kent, Essex and London.

The theme of the conference was ‘demystifying the Oxford admissions process’ and included sessions led by Pembroke’s Admissions Officer, Kirsty Simpson and our Access Fellow, Dr Peter Claus, alongside College fellows and students who explained the admissions process step-by-step.

Kirsty reflected on the day:

This year we focussed on the Oxford admissions process, highlighting that Oxford University is open to all high achieving students regardless of background. I hope that we were able to equip teachers with the knowledge and confidence to support their students. I particularly enjoyed the lively discussion during the day – it is really useful for us as a college to be informed by the experience of teachers and school staff.’

Rachel Johnson, Assistant Headteacher at Maidstone Grammar School commented:

This was the most detailed and helpful training on Oxford admissions that I have ever attended in my career. All of the sessions were excellent and there was a great deal of helpful advice and information from all the presenters.’

If you are a teacher or member of staff at a UK state school and would be interested in hearing about next year’s conference please email Kirsty Simpson at