Secondary School PartnershipsLearning from each other

We have a number of enriching partnerships with state-sector secondary schools including Kensington Aldridge Academy, Greenford High School and Westminster City School. Our Higher Education department runs a series of University Application and Interview Preparation Workshops and US Universities Open Days.

Every other year we also welcome over 250 Year 10-12 students from a large number of state secondary schools to our Higher Education Undiscovered Subjects Programme covering university subjects not traditionally taught in school. In 2021 during the pandemic this was relaunched as a series of 30 – 40-minute lectures delivered remotely throughout February and March and was supported by a large number of leading academics from UK universities. As always the lectures were well attended by students from our state partner senior schools: West London Free School, Sacred Heart, Lady Margaret’s, Greenford High School, Cardinal Vaughan and Kensington Aldridge Academy. In 2023 the programme included lectures with:

  • Dr Chloe Martindale, University of Bristol, Computer Science
    For students interested in Computer Science and Cryptography.
  • Dr Jessica Hope, University of St Andrews, Sustainable Development
    For students interested in subjects such as Biology, Geography, Environment Sciences, Ecology, Politics/International Relations.
  • Dr Anna Souhami, University of Edinburgh, Criminology
    For students interested in Criminology, Psychology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Theology, Geography, History, Politics/International Relations.
  • Dr Jos Darling, University of Bath, Engineering
    For students interested in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Design.
  • Dr Emilia Terracciano, University of Manchester, History of Art
    For students interested in History of Art, Art, History, Visual Communications, Design.
  • Dr Chris Holland and Dr Lewis Owen, University of Sheffield, Materials Science and Engineering
    for students interested in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Design.
  • Professor Kevin Hiscock, University of East Anglia, Environmental Sciences
    For students interested in Environmental Science, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sustainability.
  • Dr Alexander Smith, University of Warwick, Sociology
    For students interested in Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, History, Politics/IR, Religious Studies, Social Sciences.
  • Professor Barrie Kellam, University of Nottingham, Pharmacy
    for students interested in Pharmacy, Medicine, Chemistry, Biology, Physics.
  • Dr Angela Lorenz, University of Warwick, Business
    For students interested in Business, Economics, Mathematics, entrepreneurship, commerce.
  • Dr Stephanie Piper, University of York, Archaeology
    For students interested in Archaeology, History, Classical Civilisations, Anthropology, Geography.
  • Dr David Bather Woods, University of Warwick, Philosophy
    For students interested in Philosophy, Theology, Politics, PPE, Ethics.
  • Dr Lucy Floyd, Oxford Brookes University, Law
    For students interested in History, Politics, English, Law.
  • Dr Sally Street and Dr Trudi Buck, Durham University, Anthropology
    For students interested in Anthropology, Sociology, History, HSPS, Politics, Biology, Cognitive Science.
  • Dr Andrew Ainscough, Lancaster University, Creative Writing
    For students interested in English Language and Literature, creative writing, Film, Theatre.
  • Professor Ian McFadzean, King’s College, London, Biomedical Sciences
    For students interested in Medicine, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Biology, Natural Sciences, Pharmacology.
  • Dr Gerado Ortega, University of Birmingham, Linguistics
    For students who are interested in Linguistics, Languages, Anthropology, English.
  • Dr Cillian McBride, Queen’s University, Belfast, Political Theory
    For students interested in Politics, PPE, HSPS, History, International Relations, Philosophy, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology.
  • Dr Tamsin Ford, University of Cambridge, Psychiatry
    For students interested in Psychiatry, Psychology, Biology, English, Medicine, Anthropology, Mental Health.
  • Dr Rosalie Allain, University of Oxford, Human Sciences
    For students interested in Biology, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology.

In 2022 we launched an Evening of Academic Conversation where students from state secondary school joined us for a formal dinner for students and invited experts from a range of academic fields for high level academic engagement and debate.

In addition, the Maths department is a key partner with Magdalen College School to conduct mock interviews for state school students from Oxfordshire and beyond for Maths, Computer Science and Engineering.


Secondary School Partnership Projects

Kensington Aldridge Academy

Undiscovered Subjects

University application workshops

Oxbridge Maths Preparation


We’ve had sixth formers complete A levels at our neighbouring private schools, Godolphin and Latymer... in subjects we don’t offer ... this is real partnership, not window dressing for their websites