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Insight into life at Oxford University for Birmingham pupils.

The charity, The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham recently welcomed the West Midlands Mayor Andy Street to open an event which saw over 300 students from secondary schools across Birmingham witness a new collaboration between the city and Merton and Keble Colleges Oxford.

The event, which was held in the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre at King Edward’s School, Birmingham on Monday 30th October, was aimed at providing an insight into what life is like at Oxford as well as providing information on the admissions process.

Heath Monk, Executive Director of the charity said “I am delighted that so many pupils came from a wide selection of schools across the city. This was a valuable opportunity for these pupils who may not have had an opportunity to engage with these outstanding colleges. We have been delighted with the co-operation from both Merton and Keble and look forward to hosting many more initiatives with them.”

oxford4West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, who is himself a former pupil of King Edward’s School and graduate of Keble College, provided the welcome address before current Senior Tutors, undergraduates and graduates talked to the audience. Andy Street said “I am delighted to see the King Edward’s Foundation and Oxford University working together with schools from across the West Midlands to encourage young people to realise their potential. We must do everything we can to make sure that everyone has the chance to access the very best education whatever their background. I am delighted to support this excellent initiative.”

Rachel Buxton, Senior Tutor at Merton College Oxford said: “This was a terrific opportunity for us to meet smart, hardworking students from the Birmingham area who are interested in applying to Oxford. Our tutors and current undergraduates really enjoyed talking with them about what it is (and isn’t!) like to live and study in Oxford.”

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Heath Monk, Executive Director of The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham with Colin Parker, Headteacher at King Edward VI Aston and Rachel Buxton, Senior Tutor from Merton College Oxford.