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Ashville calls on alumni to help put Oxbridge candidates through interview paces

A Harrogate school is calling on its past pupils to help this year’s Oxbridge candidates prepare for their all-important interviews.

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24th September 2021 — In the coming weeks, Ashville College Upper Sixth pupils hoping to study a range of subjects – from Law and History through to Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science - at either Oxford or Cambridge, will be participating in multiple mock interviews.

And to make the process as rigorous and realistic as possible, they will be put through their paces by not only teachers, but people they don’t know.

Leanne Norton, Ashville’s new Assistant Head: Head of Sixth Form, said: “Feedback from last year’s cohort confirmed that the interview practice they valued the most was with people they didn’t know, hence the appeal to former pupils.

“Pupils acknowledged the extra level of challenge and the way it took them out of their comfort zones.

“We are asking our alumni community if they can help our most senior pupils to become adept at coping with interviews.

“We would like to hear from those who have a particular academic interest or experience in a field of work.”

Ian Brown, President of the Ashvillian Society – the College’s alumni association – said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for ‘Old Ashvillians’ to re-connect with the College and help prepare this year’s Oxbridge candidates preparing for their forthcoming interviews.

“And it’s not just interviews for Oxbridge where we can assist. Our alumni, who have gone on to succeed in a wealth of different careers, include Oscar-winning Hollywood film directors, politicians, scientists, captains of industry, business leaders and countless entrepreneurs.”

Those interested in taking part in the interview process are asked to send an email to together with a couple of bullet points highlighting academic interests and/or employment specialism.

For more information about Ashville College, please visit or call 01423 566358.

Ashville College (Coed 3-18) is a day and boarding school in Yorkshire.

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