Aim for Oxford

Christ Church is excited to be working with St Anne’s College on Aim for Oxford – an access and outreach programme for Year 12s attending state schools in the North East of England. Our ambition is that Oxford should be the home of choice for the brightest and most ambitious students from all backgrounds. We believe that a diverse student population is the best student population and that diversity in itself is a rich source of learning. This includes geographical range, and we are committed to increasing applications from students from areas that are currently underrepresented at Oxford. Aim for Oxford – a programme for ambitious sixth formers in the North East – is one of the ways that we will do this. Aim for Oxford will offer up to 60 high-ability students the opportunity to participate in a two-year scheme of work designed to support them in their studies and to help them make competitive applications to Oxford. All events and activities will be offered free of charge.

What is the programme?

The programme normally consists of four after-school sessions which will take place in the North East between January and April. This year, the programme will include an online welcome session in January, taking place on Microsoft Teams. At each event, students will take part in a choice of academic tasters led by university researchers, as well as receive up-to-date information, advice and guidance on applying to Oxford. Participants will also have the opportunity to get a taste of life as an undergraduate during a four-night residential summer school here in Oxford. Following Year 12, those interested in making an application to the University will be invited to progress on to the Year 13 programme where they will receive bespoke support on preparing for the Oxford application process, including workshops on admissions tests and interviews. Download the ‘Aim for Oxford’ brochure for more details.

Who is it for?

This programme is for Year 12 students who attend a state school in the North East, and would like to explore your subjects beyond school. We will take into account GCSE results, as well as a brief personal statement and a reference from a teacher. When assessing your GCSE performance, we take a number of contextual factors into account, including:

  • If your POLAR postcode score is 1 or 2 – check your POLAR score here
  • If your ACORN postcode score is 4 or 5 – check your ACORN score here
  • If you have been eligible for free school meals
  • If your parents did not go to university
  • If you are from an ethnic minority background which is underrepresented at Oxford (including students with Black African, Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi or Pakistani heritage)
  • If you have been, or currently are, in care
  • If you are a young carer

Jennifer Yee, former Tutor for Admissions at Christ Church:
‘Christ Church is delighted to be collaborating closely with St Anne’s on the new Aim for Oxford programme and we are really keen to work with students in the North East and welcome them to residentials in Oxford. The sustained contact programme is a brilliant way to support young people in their aspirations and visiting Oxford will help them discover what a diverse and friendly place it really is.’

Helen King, St Anne’s College Principal:
‘This ambitious and exciting new initiative will provide talented students from the North East with insights and the best possible support so that they can aim for Oxford. We are looking forward to working with schools, students, and the local community to open up the University, and reaching those students whose talent we are currently missing.’

Samina Khan, Director, Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach:
‘Oxford wants to ensure that students from different backgrounds and regions are welcomed to Oxford. This programme will help to support students in the North East to feel Oxford is for them, and I’m looking forward to seeing more academically talented students from this region coming to study at the University.’

Applications for the 2022 Aim for Oxford programme have now closed, but you are welcome to contact us at if you would like us to keep you updated on future initiatives for students interested in applying to Oxford.