Who we are

Our mission at Target Schools is to encourage state sixth form students from areas of low progression to higher education to apply to Oxford by offering shadowing days and an alternative prospectus.

We understand that damaging myths and stereotypes often dissuade students from state schools from applying to Oxford; our mission is to give students the opportunity to see for themselves that these myths aren’t true.

Our shadowing days are an opportunity for year 12 students from state schools to visit Oxford, meet current undergraduates and experience life as an Oxford student. We’ve just appointed a new committee and are busy setting up shadowing days for the next academic year – see our Shadowing Days page for more details!


The Committee 2023/2024

President - Lucas Valladares

Hey, I'm Lucas! I'm a second year Medical student at Hertford and excited to be the new Target Schools President! I want to do my best to help demystify Oxford as much as I can, and aspire to expand our operations as much as possible while continuing to promote our fantastic Shadowing Days programme. It’s been great meeting the new committee and with the advice of a great former committee, we will do our best to make Oxford as accessible through every measure we can.



Schools Liason Officer - Chloe Pomfret 

Hi, I'm Chloe, a 1st-year Human Scientist at St Catz and the Schools Liaison Officer. Coming from a first-generation background as an estranged and care-experienced student, I’ve dedicated my time to supporting prospective students from disadvantaged backgrounds access Higher Education and Oxford, as I remember the invaluable support I received when applying. I'm excited to help students and staff ensure the best and brightest students get into Oxford, making sure their backgrounds aren't a barrier to getting here.


Shadowing Days Lead- Charlotte Jung

Hi, I’m Charlotte – a graduate student reading for the MPhil International Relations programme at Balliol College this year. I’m the Shadowing Days Lead for 2023/24, and am really looking forward to working with the committee to ensure Target Schools is a programme current students want to get involved in, and prospective students desire to be a part of! I have absolutely loved my time at Oxford thus far and can’t wait to share the culture beyond academic scene that encompasses           being a student here.



Alternative Prospectus Lead - Eleanor Miller

Hi, I’m Eleanor (she/her) and I’m a second year PPE student at Wadham. I am really excited to be the current Alternative Prospective Lead! Coming from a low-income state school background, I am keen to help demystify Oxford and help it become a more accessible place for students from a range of diverse backgrounds. I am incredibly excited to work with a new committee to continue the great work of Target Schools.



Vice President Programs - Lucy Anderson

Hi, I'm Lucy and I'm a second year History student at Exeter College. I'm the Vice President for Programmes and I'm really looking forward to working on plans like our Shadowing Days! Coming from a state school in a low achievement area, I'm really passionate about tackling the intimidating Oxford stereotypes that put students off applying. I hope that my work with Target Schools will help people see that there's definitely a place for them here.