Who we are
Target Schools is an important part of the Oxford SU’s access work led by the students themselves. We are not totally sure how long Target Schools has been around but we know Ed Miliband was once a member… so a while. Target Schools aims to bridge the attainment gap between state school students and The University of Oxford. It provides an oppurtunity to pupils to experience the University and get to talk with the current undergraduates.
The scheme consists of Shadowing Days which is an opportunity for Year 12 students from state schools to come visit us, tour the colleges and get a glimpse of the life they will have as an Oxford student. Currently, we host 200 pupils a year. We pair up each sixth former with an Oxford Undergraduate, for a 'day in the life of a University of Oxford Student', based on the students preffered subject so they can see lectures, department buildings and even tutorials for that course.
Target Schools’ are not just limited to the shadowing days. We also run Oxbuddy – a moderated and safe messaging platform for Sixth Formers, where they can message Oxford student for any queries they have.
All of our volunteers are safeguarding trained and DBS checked.
Recruitment for the Target Schools Committee has begun. It's a really exciting time to get involved to help Target Schools better achieve its goals. You can find the role descriptions and application form below. Please note that we are running an open-recuritment period. When positions are filled they will be removed from the webpage.
Target Schools President
The Committee 2023/2024
Schools Liason Officer - Isabel Ambrose