College News and Events
24/06/16 - End of Term at Oxford Tutorial College
Today is the final day of term, the students have completed their exams and are off to enjoy the summer before they start the next stage of their education. Some with be continuing their A-levels at Oxford Tutorial College others will be progressing to university.
We wish everyone the best of luck for their exam results!
To celebrate the end of term the students went punting. The weather held out and it was a glorious day, staff and students we able to relax, have fun and enjoy the beauty of Oxford.
02/06/16 - EU Referendum Discussion
In the lead up to the EU Referendum the college held a discussion to inform students about the reasons for both leaving and remaining in the European Union. The argument for Leave and Remain was made by two tutors, students then had the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues.
The discussion was well attended and very informative. After the discussion, staff and students had the opportunity to have their vote and the results are:
Remain in the EU – 68.4%
Leave the EU – 31.6 %
21/04/16 - Oxford Tutorial College Students Win Gold at the 2016 Chemistry Olympiad
Two of our Thai students, Phitawat Namnouad (Matt) and Chattawat Thangsrikeattigun (Felix) are both to be congratulated.
They achieved Gold awards in the 2016 UK Chemistry Olympiad. Their performances in the two hour written paper put them in the top 50 of all 5,822 UK students who entered the demanding competition.
Matt was in the top 25 and would normally have been invited to participate in round two of the UK Olympiad but unfortunately he was not eligible as he has not yet had two years schooling in the UK.
18/04/16 - Oxford Tutorial College takes part in CIFE Football Tournament
A 7 a side tournament took place at St George’s Park. All of the CIFE colleges were invited to participate to promote the extracurricular activities on offer.
St George’s Park is the English Football Associations National Football Centre, a very prestigious location. The centre has 12 world-class training pitches, with both grass and artificial surfaces, and a full-sized indoor pitch. It also has state-of-the-art hydrotherapy suites, biomechanics and training gyms, video analysis amenities, educational and coaching suites and medical and sport science facilities.
The Oxford Tutorial College Team played very competitively. They played six matches in total, winning two. The quality of football was high and everyone played really well. Well done to everyone who took part.
12/04/16 - Award for an Outstanding Oxford Tutorial College Student
Our former GCSE student Mary Gompertz received the award for ‘Outstanding contribution to college life’ at the Annual CIFE Academic Awards last week. Mary attended the awards with her father, Jacqui Ecoeur our Academic Director and Catherine Hartley our GCSE Programme Manager.
Mary Gompertz joined Oxford Tutorial College in September 2014. From her first weeks at the college, Mary demonstrated an impressive drive towards academic success as well as real perseverance and talent. It did not take any of Mary's teachers by surprise that she went on to achieve A*A*A*A*A*A*A* A in her I/GCSEs. Mary has a sharp, mature and insightful intellect beyond her years, which she demonstrated in her overall grades and in some exceptionally high UMS scores. She will always continue to be an inspiration her teachers and we wish her every success in her future studies.
At the annual CIFE Academic Awards Ceremony held at the House of Lords on Thursday, 7th April, Lord Lexden presented awards for academic excellence to thirty-nine students who achieved remarkable A-level and GCSE results last summer. The recipients - some British, some from overseas - were warmly applauded at the presentation, all having studied at sixth-form colleges belonging to the Council for Independent Education (CIFE), of which Alistair Lexden is President. The award-winners typically average 95% + scores in all their A-level exams.
Lord Lexden said: “Year after year statistics produced by leading international organizations show that our independent schools and colleges provide an education that ranks among the best in the world. No wonder families here and abroad are so keen to send their children to CIFE’s successful member colleges. Their outstanding A-level results prove once again that they have fulfilled the trust placed in them. Their mingling of great talents and different cultures enrich our country and other nations”.
The CIFE Gold Award, the top prize, went to Vu Thao Dan, known as Ariadne, from Vietnam, a student at Bosworth Independent College in Northampton, who had obtained A* grades in History, Sociology, Economics and Mathematics, along with other international distinctions. She told us: “I was surprised and delighted to receive a CIFE Academic Award and to discover it was the Gold Award was humbling. All of the other award winners have done so well and I feel very proud to be in their company at the House of Lords. I thoroughly enjoyed studying at Bosworth where the teachers and other staff always inspired me to do my very best and to keep up my other interests too. I felt cared for, as if part of a big family.” Ariadne is now studying Law at Durham University.
Issued by the Council for Independent Education, a national organisation of independent colleges which specialise in preparing students for university entrance. To find out more about CIFE, go to the website www.cife.org.uk
08/04/16 - Easter Revision at Oxford Tutorial College
Our 2016 Easter Revision Course has come to a close. It has been a full fortnight, small group intensive tutorials too place during the day, with mock examinations to monitor progress throughout the week. With study skills seminars and revision in the evenings. All in the beautiful surroundings of Brasenose College.
The students enjoyed their time studying in Brasenose College. They have had the opportunity to review their course content and can take away new revision methods and exam technique. We hope that the students leave with the knowledge and confidence they require for the summer exams.
We have already received great feedback from parents:
“Felipe came back very pleased and positively talking about the two weeks in Oxford and now starts with a great portion of optimism into his final weeks an A-levels. Thanks to all of you!”
Beatrice De Alzaga Achter
“Zak has found it incredibly useful and I think his teacher has been amazing with him. He is so motivated, has been working hard in the evenings and he says how very good she is at explaining difficult bits of the subject to him.”
24/03/16 - Oxford Tutorial College International Evening
The Student Council organised Oxford Tutorial Colleges third international evening. Staff and students were invited to bring traditional food from their country to share with others. There were also student performances and music throughout the evening.
More than 50 students attended with 15 nationalities represented. There was a feast of fantastic food from all over the world. One of the students said "The food is amazing" while one of our Chinese students said "I now like English food".
For the first time we had a concert, there were more than 10 performance ranging from 60s cover versions, Thai traditional song, American folk, improvised jazz and contemporary pop. The performances were all incredible and the audience loved it. One of the students said "The original Thai Song was incredible" while another said "interesting different musical styles".
It was a wonderful evening, the performances were excellent and the Student Council did a fantastic job organising it.
18/03/16 - Sport Relief at Oxford Tutorial College
In February 2016 the Oxford Tutorial College football team played their first friendly match against Bellerbys College. They had a team of 17 who played very well and in a great spirit. Narrowly losing the match 4-3 in what was a competitive and fair game.
The second game took place on March 15th in aid of Sport Relief. It was a 2-1 win to our team who played very well. The students opted for the all-inclusive approach to the team and everyone who wanted to play got to play, with 16 players in total which was great.
In aid of Sport Relief there was a collection at the match and a bake sale held at the college, raising a total of £87.33. One of our Tutors is also swimming 10k across two sessions and taking part in the Radley Triathlon with all sponsorship going to Sports Relief.
For more information about Sport Relief please click here.
03/03/16 - World Book Day at Oxford Tutorial College
This week staff and students have been putting forward suggestions for their favourite books. Today, to celebrate World Book Day the Student Council displayed all of the book covers in reception. In amongst the beautiful covers there was also cake sale to raise money for charity.
15/02/16 - Bookings Buoyant for Easter Revision Courses
According to the Council for Independent Education (CIFE), the professional association for leading independent sixth form colleges, the boom in demand for Easter Revision courses continues. Its member colleges who run pre-A-level and GCSE revision courses are reporting a level of demand similar to if not higher than last year, with some subject courses filling up fast.
Natasha Dear, Course Director of Oxford International College, says:" We are currently receiving more bookings for our Easter course this year and are filling up in some subjects." As in past years, Mathematics, the Sciences and Economics are generally the most popular subjects, both at A level and GCSE.
Continuing last year's trend many A-level students are prepared to pay for structured support in revision and exam technique in order to maximise their chances of good grades in the summer. CIFE Spokesman, James Wardrobe, explains: "The reasons are two-fold: firstly, there are those students who are not particulary pro-active in their learning and study habits and these courses are the best way of making them look at themselves in the mirror and at least complete some organised revision two months before it's too late; secondly, they also suit good students aiming for top university courses who are opting for what they see as a relatively cheap insurance policy against failure. This latter group is not prepared to leave anything to chance, wanting to make doubly sure that they achieve their university offer grades."
An additional factor is that this year's Upper Sixth pupils will be sitting the last ever modular A2 exams in many subjects. If they need to retake any of these subjects they will have to take the new, linear version in June 2017. This will involve tackling a new curriculum, since there will be no retake options available for the so-called legacy syllabuses. So there is extra pressure on this A2 cohort to get their required grades first time round.
Issued by the Council for Independent Education, a national organisation of independent colleges which specialise in preparing students for university entrance. To find out more about CIFE, go to the website www.cife.org.uk
05/02/16 - Relaxation Week at Oxford Tutorial College
With exams starting and stress levels increasing our Personal Tutors have come together to put on a full week of activities to develop relaxation skills.
There has been information and a number of activities in the reception area all week to help students develop their skills to relax. This included; meditation and visualisation exercises, eye exercises, affirmations and colouring activities.
During the week there have also been a number of lunch time activities led by tutors. These included a guided walk, introduction to aromatherapy, make your own stress ball and breathing exercises.
Relaxation week has been a great success and has given the students the tools they need to relax and keep their stress levels down over the exam period. Do to this success the students have requested that the aromatherapy and colouring activity remains available to use for the remainder of the term.
18/01/16 - Oxford University Success
A huge congratulations goes to Alice Taylor who received an offer from the University of Oxford. The tutors who have helped Alice during her studies at Oxford Tutorial College over the last two years came together to present Alice with a card and gift.
Alice achieved fantastic AS results and is set to do the same for A2. In the words of Alice’s English Literature tutor “Alice is one of the most industrious and committed students I have had the fortune to work with and she thoroughly deserved the A* she received in the summer”.
Alice was a model of organisation and helpfulness throughout the application process and that writing her reference was a case of selecting from a wealth of praise. “Alice is an exceptional student; intellectually curious and extremely able, independent and mature in her approach. She has a genuine enjoyment of study coupled with a passion for her chosen subject”.
Oxford Tutorial College has provided Alice a second chance at university applications. “When I first joined I didn't really know what I wanted to do next, and certainly never imagined I'd get an Oxford offer. I've had such a wonderful time and all my tutors have helped me so much in getting to where I am now.”
Everyone at Oxford Tutorial College is very proud of what Alice has achieved and wish her all the best for the future.
15/12/15 - Oxford Tutorial College Christmas Jumper Day
We had our first Oxford Tutorial College Christmas jumper day this year. Everyone who wore a jumper donated £1. Staff and Students got in the festive spirit and the day in acrylic and polyester was worth it. £70 was raised for Oxford Homeless Pathways. If you want to find out more about the charity, click here.
13/12/15 - Santa's on the Run
This year Oxford Tutorial College had a team of 16 Staff and Students running as part of Santa’s on the Run. They were part of the 2000 strong Santa’s running through the streets of Oxford. Despite the drizzle our Santa’s enjoyed themselves and raised £260 for Helen and Douglass House. To find out more about the charity, click here.
10/12/15 - Festive Cake Sale for Amnesty UK
We celebrated International Human Rights Day with a festive cake sale to raise money for Amnesty UK. To make the event informative and accessible the Student Council prepared a presentation of videos and slides about human rights and there was the opportunity to discuss why Human Rights are so important.
In total £123.83 was raised for Amnesty UK which is fantastic. If you would like to find out more about the charity, click here.
08/12/15 - Oxford Tutorial College Christmas Reception
Leading up to the winter break we began the festivities with a Christmas Reception for staff and students held at the Vaults Café. It was very well attended, there was a lovely atmosphere as well as great nibbles, drinks and festive cheer.
30/11/15 - BTEC Business Students Visit the MINI Factory
40 BTEC Business students enjoyed a tour of the MINI factory in Oxford to learn about the production methods used by MINI. They saw 1000 robots producing the basic frame of the cars, and then visited the assembly plant to learn about the final assembly of the cars and the quality checks.
To help with their human resources unit, they learnt about the benefits paid to "associates" (workers) including discounted MINI lease scheme, on site health centre, and canteen.
To conclude the tour the student visited the museum which contained a range of old and new MINIs including some with outrageous decorations!
27/11/15 - Thanksgiving Donations go to Operation Christmas Child
The corridors at Oxford Tutorial College was filled with the lovely smell of roast turkey. Staff and students followed their noses to a thanksgiving lunch of turkey rolls with cranberry sauce and stuffing.
Through donations we raised £233.87 for Operation Christmas Child. The money raised was spent on gifts for young children, adding to the contributions already made by staff and students over the last few weeks. There were a range of gifts including; toys, colouring books, soap and stickers.
Today the students then came together to wrap and fill 38 shoeboxes going to Operation Christmas Child, part of Samaritans Purse. Click here if you would like to find out more information about the charity.
13/11/15 - Children in Need at Oxford Tutorial College
To raise money the Student Council are hosted a cake sale in. Staff and students got evolved and baked some great cakes, which included some fantastic Pudsey cupcakes.
There is also a prize tombola to play and some Children in Need wristbands and keyrings to buy.
To find out more about the charity and to donate click here.
15/10/15 - Inspiration from Young Entrepreneurs
As part of the BTEC Business programme, 35 students and 3 staff travelled to Star City in Birmingham for a national Entrepreneurs' Conference. 5 dynamic young entrepreneurs spoke about how and why they set up their businesses, including the challenges and rewards. Several had even featured on Dragons' Den!
Two 18 year olds talked about the app they had designed - Edge - for skiiers. The founder of Zeven Media explained how his business had taken modern photobooths into pubs and clubs so that people could take instant images of themselves with their friends enjoying themselves. Bean2Bed described his plan to get every major football club to stock his ingenious bean bag, which unzips into a very comfortable bed (single, double or child size) and ideal for students with limited space. The young founder of Tea Shed explained how she introduced a new mid-priced tea product and merchandise into UK supermarkets and who has now expanded into "Bubbles" which are fruit flavoured bubbles to be added to hot or cold drinks, and how she obtained a pop up tea stall at Fenwicks. Perhaps the most popular was a young Scottish entrepreneur who designed the popular Mallzee app, for which he has won awards.
In addition to the speakers, the students participated in a "Great British Snack off", for which they had to produce a marketing strategy for a new healthy snack.
30/09/15 - Michaelmas Term is off to a Great Start
It is only a month in and a lot has been happening so far.
To start the new academic year and welcome all of the new student to Oxford Tutorial College we held a party in the Gladstone Room of the Oxford Union. Everyone was invited to have a few drinks and get to know one another. The evening ended with an introduction from the president of the Oxford Union and a tour of the Debating Chamber and Library.
Early on in the term the Student Council wanted to raise money for the Syrian Refugee Crisis. To do so they organised a pop up lunch, it was an excellent event and raised £128.33.
Finally, this week staff and students were encouraged to bake a cake and enter it for the Oxford Tutorial College Bake Off organised by the Student Council. It was a tremendous success. We had a fantastic range of cakes, 14 in total. There were four prizes and here are the winners:
- Best Presentation and Most Creative; both won by a student who made a multi-coloured four layered sponge cake, covered in white icing and decorated with flowers.
- Most Delicious; won by a member of staff who presented chocolate cupcakes iced with chocolate butter icing and decorated with hazelnuts.
- Best Overall; won by a member of staff who made a courgette cake filled with lime curd, covered with cream cheese icing and decorated with butterflies.
In total we raised £107.59 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
21/09/15 - Business BTEC Results 2015
Last year Oxford Tutorial College introduced the Business BTEC Level 3 Diploma and it has been a great success. The BTEC course itself offers a great real-world alternative to A-level study, focusing on coursework opposed to exams and gives students the opportunity to access university within just one year.
All of our students have achieved fantastic results, 100% gaining a Merit or above with three quarters achieving Distinction* Distinction* which is equivalent to two A*s at A-level.
Accompanied with an A-level the Business BTEC provides the UCAS points required to apply to university and all of our students were accepted onto their chosen business course. Some of the universities include:
- Nottingham Trent University
- University of Leeds
- Oxford Brookes University
- University of Manchester
- University of Liverpool
- Royal Holloway
After these fantastic results we are looking forward to what this academic year will bring.
14/09/15 - Great Results for Oxford Tutorial College
As the Oxford Tutorial College alumni prepare to start their first year at university we look back at the great results they achieved to get there.
Many of our A-level students significantly increased their grades, 93% of the entries passed and over three quarters gained A*- C grade.
100% of our Business BTEC students achieved Merit or above and three quarters of them achieved Distinction* Distinction*, equivalent to two A*s at A-level
We also had great results from our GCSE students with 80% achieving A*-C grade.
Congratulations to you all, we hope you enjoy your next chapter!
14/08/15 - A-level Exam Results 2015 (299 exams)
13/08/15 - University Places in Britain
Warm congratulations go to our students from the 2014-15 academic year on the Academic Semester in Oxford Program who applied to British universities. They were 100% successful in gaining acceptances to four of the very best universities in the country - Cambridge, Durham, Exeter and Southampton - for some extremely competitive courses. We know that they’ll all go on to achieve great things.
Our alumni start the next stage of their academic journey with the advantage of having already succeeded here with top grades and first-class reports from their tutors on our challenging, college-level courses. The students’ success was a result of their academic abilities and hard work, the exceptional teaching of an inspiring group of tutors and the close guidance and support we give at every stage of the application process.
Of course most of our students return from Oxford to begin challenging courses at top colleges in their home country, their applications often strongly supported by their achievements here and by our recommendations. They too are both commended for their accomplishments and encouraged to build on the great work done here.
For more information about the program, visit www.oasp.ac.uk
10/08/15 - A-level Results Week
Students across the country receive their A-Level results this week, and are anxiously waiting to find out whether or not they have won for themselves a place at their chosen university. Looking back at last year, we had many success stories at Oxford Tutorial College.
One of the most memorable success stories was Kenji Baba who gained a place at the University of Cambridge to study Maths after achieving 4 A*s and 1 A at A-level. Kenji proved to be a most reliable and loyal student, who showed great determination to succeed. He left a lasting impression on his teachers and was therefore awarded a CIFE college award at the House of Lords this Spring.
26/05/15 - Oxford Tutorial College Greek Lunch
The Student Council organised a Greek event to give staff and students the opportunity to learn about Greek food, language, culture and theatre. There was the chance to test your knowledge regarding Greek words used in English, and delicious homemade Greek food for everybody to try.
All of the donations from the lunch will support PRAXIS, the Greek community of Oxford, whose vision is to promote Greek Modern Theatre to an English speaking audience. The day was a great success, the food was fantastic and the word games were great fun. In total £109.13 was raised to support the theatre group.
The next Greek play produced by PRAXIS will be "The Building", performed at the Michael Pilch Studio, Oxford, between 11th and 13th June. It is a Greek modern play which you will be able to compare with what you already know about Ancient Greek plays.
You can find more information about the play and theatre group by clicking here.
05/05/15 - Election Week at Oxford Tutorial College
In the run up to the UK election there have been a number of interesting talks from our tutors to give students an insight into the election process.
Phil Keely, Economics tutor and campaigner for Labour in West Midlands Marginal constituency, spoke about how the Labour Party campaigns in elections. Explaining that a vast amount of volunteers are needed for the campaign to; knock on doors, phone banks and stuff envelopes.
James Platt, History tutor and Liberal Democrat campaigner, gave an overview of the British electoral system and how it works. Explaining how the first-past-the-post voting system works.
To conclude the activities, on Election Day the Student Council is organising a simulation of the elections, giving students the chance to vote about:
- Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
- Is the first past the post a fair system?
- Should voting at elections be made compulsory?
The votes will be counted and announced at the end of the day.
22/04/15 - Student Adventures in Oxford
The latest student magazine is available to view, click here to see the students’ perspective of life at Oxford Tutorial College. The magazine has been created by student members of the Oxford Advanced Studies Program during the closing weeks of Michaelmas term. Students make some great friends, see some wonderful places and learn a lot during that time. The magazine will, we hope, be a memento for all those who were members of the program and help them to share some of their experiences.
13/03/15 - Red Nose Day 2015
Red nose day is about having fun and changing lives, all of the money raised is spent by Comic Relief to transform the lives of millions of people, both at home in the UK and across Africa. To find out more about the charity, click here.
This year the nation put on their Noses, pulled out all the stops, and got fundraising. Oxford Tutorial College was no exception. The Student Council organised a cake sale with a side of fun and laughter. As well as noses, props were provided for staff and students to make their face funny for money. In total we raised £200 for Comic Relief.
09/03/15 - World Book Day 2015
Oxford Tutorial College ran a number of events for staff and students last week. There was a competition to find the best Flash Fiction; a short story which can be no longer than 140 characters, the same length as a tweet. Some examples from The Guardian can be found here.
Congratulations to the two competition Winners chosen by the college Director David Wilkins.
Tumbling down the spiral of colour…. It is cold, but the mountain’s on fire.
By Constantin Wossala
He took her drawing down, wrapped it in paper, and slid it between the wardrobe and the dresser. “Not the attic,” he thought, “not this one.”
By Alex Markham
Everyone was also invited to suggest their favourite children’s book. On the day the covers were presented in a creative display in the reception area, showing the variety of ages and cultures within the college. To round up the day our English and History of Art tutor Ed Clarke gave a talk about his new book 'The Vagabond Spirit of Poetry'.
The Student Council also organised a bake sale which raised £96.32 for Bookaid International. Bookaid has sent over 30 million books to libraries in Africa since 1954. They sent 100 million books in 2014 alone, and their work supports libraries in the community and mobile libraries in sub-Saharan Africa which travel to secondary schools with no libraries of their own. They support these mobile libraries in Zambia, Kenya and Uganda. To find out more information about the charity click here.
24/02/15 - Chinese New Year 2015
This year Oxford Tutorial College celebrated the ‘Year of the Goat’ with a Chinese lunch. The event was organised by the Student Council; they decorated the college with vibrant red and gold decorations, organised the food and were on hand to fill everyone’s plates.
There was a range of delicious Chinese cuisine on offer including; rice in lotus leaves, beef dumplings, spring rolls, red bean croquettes and egg tarts. To finish the meal staff and students were offered a fortune cookie and a traditional red money wallet.
Through donations £150 was raised in aid of the Born Free Foundation to help save African elephants. Click here to find out more about the charity.
12/02/15 - Bake Off 2015
Following everyone’s hard work in their mock examinations the Student Council hosted a Staff Vs Students Bake off this week. The competition was open to everyone and five awards were given for; best presentation, most delicious, most creative, fastest selling and best overall.
At 10am all of the Cakes were photographed, Judged and tasted. Then they went on sale alongside tea and coffee, for a small donation to charity. The Student Council concluded the bake off with a presentation about Greta Rowe School in Kenya which was the chosen charity.
The standard was very high this year, there were 6 entries which included; carrot cake, blueberry muffins and baked cheesecake. In total the event raised £157.09.
04/02/15 - A Chocolate Treat for the BTEC Business Students at Oxford Tutorial College
26 BTEC Business students, accompanied by tutors Yvonne Greene, Diana Phillips and Catherine Hartley, visited Cadbury World this week. The trip started with a fun 4D film starring Freddo, the Caramel Bunny and other Cadbury characters. The moving chairs and rollercoaster resulted in much laughter!
This was followed by an educational talk on the marketing strategy of Cadbury, including their market research, SWOT and PESTLE analysis and marketing mix. Students raised questions about the impact of the takeover of Cadbury and the causes of the price rises of their products.
The visit to the exhibition included the history of Cadbury chocolate, its manufacturing process, advertising through the ages and a relaxing ride on a "Chuckle Bean" car. The day finished with intense shopping in "The world's largest Cadbury shop". A fun and educational trip completed by free chocolate including a pot of melted chocolate with your choice of toppings!
15/01/15 - A Warm Welcome to our New Students
The Student Council at Oxford Tutorial College have hosted a Welcome Breakfast for the new students this week. There were croissants, muffins and fruit on offer in the college reception area to give everyone the opportunity to meet and get to know one another.
As well as donations, lovely textiles and jewellery made in Africa were also on sale to raise money for Greta Rowe School in Kenya. In total the Breakfast raised £210.19.
Named after the Grandmother of one of our students, the Greta Rowe Primary School is being built in Kenya, Nanyuki which is just below Mount Kenya. Greta Rowe who has recently passed away, spent most of her life in Africa where she worked with the flying doctors service. Later she re qualified as a teacher and dedicated her time to 3-6 year olds. Greta Rowe left money to start up a school for African children with 3 classrooms, 3 teachers and room for 60 students aged 3-6. The money raised at the Breakfast will be used to buy school supplies, from blackboards to pens and paper.
08/01/15 - A New Year at Oxford Tutorial College
The students are back from their break and ready to start the new term at Oxford Tutorial College. Football, Badminton and Basketball clubs started up again this week and our new students studying on the Academic Semester Program were introduced to Oxford with a walking tour this Wednesday.
We are very pleased that the MFL movie evening is continuing into 2015. These evenings were launched in 2014 by the Head of Modern Foreign Languages. All students are invited and all the movies come with English subtitles. So far, we have enjoyed the French movie Lucie Aubrac and learned about immigration through the Mexican movie, La misma luna. The next screening will be the German movie Good bye, Lenin in the Student Common Room.
15/12/14 - Festivities at Oxford Tutorial College
The festive celebrations are in full swing at Oxford Tutorial College. Last week began with a Student Reception held at the Vaults Café, Radcliffe Square. There was an excellent turn out and it was a very enjoyable evening with lovely festive food and conversation.
This was followed by a Mince Pie Morning organised by the Student Council, where locally made fresh mince pies were on offer with a range of other cakes as well as a prize tombola.
The week came to a close when a team of a dozen Oxford Tutorial College Santa’s took part in a charity fun run. Hundreds of people came together to dress in the big red suit and run two miles around the streets of Oxford without the help of Reindeer.
All of the money raised from both the Mince Pie morning and the fun run was in aid of Helen and Douglas House, a local hospice which cares for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions and support their families. To find out more about the charity please click here.
01/12/14 - Operation Christmas Child
Over the past few years’ students at Oxford Tutorial College have prepared Christmas gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child and this year was no different.
Staff and students have been donating gifts and shoeboxes for the last few weeks and a fantastic £192.40 was raised at the college Thanksgiving lunch, which offered tremendous turkeys and stuffing for everyone to enjoy. All of this made it possible to fill 55 boxes, 5 more than last year. These will join the 4000 from the Oxford area. They are being collected this Thursday and will go to orphaned children in Serbia.
Operation Christmas Child is run by Samaritan’s Purse a non-profit organisation providing emergency relief and development assistance to suffering people around the world. Giving shoeboxes filled with lovely gifts including toys, sweets, educational supplies and hygiene items to children based on need. To find out more please click here.
24/11/14 - Budding Entrepreneurs at Oxford Tutorial College
The national Entrepreneurs Conference run by EST and aimed at A-level and BTEC level 3 business students took place last week. A group of 20 Oxford Tutorial College students attended the conference accompanied by their BTEC business teacher Yvonne Greene, and Rupert Gill. It was held in the Odeon, Leicester Square, London
The conference was opened by the Chairperson Richard Strudwick, who runs youth engagement projects. The first speaker, Stephanie Bouchet, set up a marketing company called Rouge Frog; she explained all the qualities needed to be a successful entrepreneur. This was particularly useful for the students who are investigating setting up their own business.
James Eder, the founder of Student Beans, then explained how his previous experience in sales helped him to set up his new and innovative website, which has 3 million hits from students each month.
Rosie Ginday, the award winning founder of the social enterprise Miss Macaroon, explained how she gained contracts to supply macaroons to international companies like Ted Baker, EE and Eurostar, whilst providing training and opportunities to ex-young offenders and youngsters in care. The final speaker recently set up her own clothing business, Indiacoco; she used her experience as a marketing manager at Argos and Ocado to launch it successfully.
The event was a fascinating and useful learning experience for all the BTEC business students.
14/11/14 - Children in Need
The Student Council at Oxford Tutorial College organised an event for staff and students in aid of Children in Need. There was a buffet lunch, offering fruit, pasties, sandwiches and cakes; as well as a prize tombola and keyrings and wristbands for sale.
Children in Need helps projects in the UK which focus on disadvantaged children and young people. It is local to people in all corners of the UK and they support small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices. For more information please click here.
With the support of Oxford Tutorial College’s staff and students, the Student Council have raised £292.50, and counting, there are still keyrings and wristbands for sale so they hope to break the £300 mark very soon.
12/11/14 - Prize Winners at Oxford Tutorial College
This week Maths students at Oxford Tutorial College took part in the national competition; Senior Maths Challenge. The competition is aimed at 16-19 year olds studying Mathematics and involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in 90 minutes, sat under normal exam conditions. In total eleven students came away with a well-deserved prize. One student taking away gold, two silver and eight bronze.
Another high achieving student was awarded a prize in the Karl Nix Awards, a foundation set up to encourage pupil’s willingness to perform and honour their academic performance. This is an extraordinary honour, Theresa was invited to the awards ceremony in her home town to receive the award for achieving the second highest exam result in the federal state of Bremen, Germany.
06/11/14 - Hinksey Park Football Club
Oxford Tutorial College is the proud new sponsor of the local football club, Hinksey Park. The club is a local community football club based in South Oxford. Formed in 2001, Hinksey Park FC prides itself on being a friendly, inclusive club providing a good nurturing environment for boys and girls keen to play football.
The under 13’s have 15 players, more than half of the team have played football together since they were 5 years old. They play in the Oxford Mail youth football league and this is the first year playing 11 a side football, having previously played 9 a side and 7 a side. Their season got off to a great start with an 8-0 win and the team are very pleased with their new kits.
20/10/14 - The Great Oxford Tutorial College Bake Off
Staff and students alike have been pulling out all of the stops this week for a charity bake off, organised and hosted by the Student Council in aid of Link International. All of the entries were presented to the Student Council and then judging began. Two members of staff along with the owner of a local coffee shop were chosen to judge the beautiful array of cakes, taking into consideration taste as well as presentation. The winners were split into 5 categories; best presentation, most delicious, most creative, fastest selling and best overall.
Once the cakes had been judged they went on sale, the one that sold the fastest was a traditional Thai cake. Students Nan and Beau made this and explained; “It was a crepe cake, made by layering thin crepes and whipped cream. It is usually yellow but we wanted to make something special, so we added different food colourings to the mix before we fried the crepes. We are very pleased with the results because it was the first time we have made this kind of cake!”
When the sale was in full swing, Nick, a member of the Student Council did a short presentation about the charity. Nick said; “It was great to see so many people interested in Link International and to be able to talk about such a great charity.” Fairtrade coffee made in Uganda and handmade jewellery were also sold alongside the cakes, raising a total of £275.55.
To find out more about the charity visit their website: www.link-international.org
13/10/14 - Oxford Tutorial College students explore what Oxford has to offer
On our Semester Abroad Programme the students have been exploring Oxford and learning about the city’s history and culture during their Wednesday college trips. The term began with local visits not only to enable the students to learn about the city but to help them find their feet and explore their surroundings. So far the students have had a tour of Christ Church College, climbed Carfax Tower, learnt about the history of Oxford Castle and visited Modern Art Oxford and the Ashmolean Museum.
Last week the students went further afield and visited Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. As they walked up the drive the students were astounded by the vast size and beauty of the palace. They had time to walk around the grounds before being taken on a tour to learn about the history of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and their family. There was also an art exhibition taking place throughout the palace and its grounds by the world renowned Ai Weiwei. Artworks ranged from photographs taken in New York during the 1980s, a large carpet made especially for the exhibition, intricately hand-painted porcelain plates, and bronze zodiac head statues.
As the Michaelmas term continues there is still plenty for the students to see and do, including a visit to London, a play and a rugby match to watch and ice skating. These activities combined with the new friends they have made and their academic study will be sure give the students a semester to remember.
07/10/14 - Fundraising gets off to a great start at Oxford Tutorial College
Oxford Tutorial College’s student council hosted a fantastic coffee morning for everyone to enjoy, all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
A range of tea and coffee as well as a lovely array of tempting cakes and biscuits were on offer. Staff as well as students donated cakes which including doughnuts, cookies and brownies. There were also a number of homemade bakes which included, coconut meringue tart and lemon drizzle cake.
This event was a very positive start to Oxford Tutorial College's fundraising this year, it was great to see so much money raised and so many students involved. Together the college raised £195.95 for the charity which is enough to pay for a Macmillan nurse for a day, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential support.
24/09/14 - Michaelmas Term is Under Way at Oxford Tutorial College
Only a few weeks into the new term and the students of Oxford Tutorial College are already settled in, they have been reunited with old friends and introduced to new ones.
The term began with a welcome party held in the Oxford Union building which provided an enjoyable atmosphere to greet all the students, both old and new, back into Oxford Tutorial College. It was an opportunity not only for students to mingle with other students, but for the students to get to know the Staff a bit better. During the evening, the students were introduced to the Oxford Union and what membership there could provide, and then led on a tour which took the students to the celebrated debating chamber, before ending at the infamous library.
On the second week of term Students were taken on a picnic to Christ Church Meadow. Everyone was able to eat to their hearts content, as well as catch up with their friends and meet new people from around the college. One of the students, Lily, said; “it was a great success; more than double the number of students anticipated turned up and we were lucky to have our picnic on Christ Church Meadow on a nice sunny day!”
Lily is a new member of the Student Council at Oxford Tutorial College. The Student Council is very focused on bringing the student community together, and the aim is to organise charitable events and school events which will interest anyone and everyone. Lily said “I chose to join the council because as a home student I saw it as an opportunity to take time away from studies. To help organise activities with the other students here at Oxford Tutorial College also means I am always meeting new people and I get to know about the college a little better each time too.”
Societies and sports clubs have begun, students have the choice of Debate, Literature and Law Societies which take place over lunch and sports activities such as football, badminton and basketball which are played in the evening. Even though term has only just started a number of students have already been taken on trips visiting; Christ Church College, Carfax Tower, Museum of Modern Art and Oxford Castle. There are still plenty more experiences to come but everyone is definitely finding their feet in the historical city of Oxford.
03/09/14 - Stand Out Student at Oxford Tutorial College
As the new term begins we look back to the success stories of last year. One of our international students Zela Magdieva achieved A*AA and has been accepted onto her first choice course, Creative Advertising at Falmouth University. This is due to her dedication and organisation, she set herself clear objectives, read around her subjects and asked questions.
Roald, Zela’s Economics Tutor thought she was an exceptional student, who is determined to succeed, especially with the quality of her written English. Roald said, “I have rarely taught an international student who has made such progress and shown such potential. To achieve the degree of subtlety and fluency that Zela has already achieved requires talent and intelligence as well as great maturity, empathy and insight.”
Most importantly Zela takes a genuine interest in the work that she does. Zela’s Business Studies Tutor Adrian thought that she stood out because of this and advises that all students to choose subjects they have an interest in because they are the ones they will study through choice and out of pure interest.
27/08/14 - Cambridge Success for Oxford Tutorial College Student
High flying student Kenji Baba started at Oxford Tutorial College in September 2012 studying Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics. He had a strong mathematical background and made rapid progress through early modules and so he decided to take Maths and Further Maths in a single year, achieving an A* in both. For his A2 year he continued with Chemistry and Physics but felt he should continue Maths and so took Additional Further Maths.
Tutor Ed Horne said: “Kenji was a great student to teach, attentive and thoughtful and he was a great asset to the college. I never needed to nag him to do homework, he was always very much in control of his own learning rather than needing to be pushed.”
The amount of work that Kenji got through was impressive but he managed to balance this with social activities. He made cakes for the college bake off and took part in fundraising events, such as the Macmillan Coffee Morning (pictured left) which raised a total of £254.
Overall Kenji achieved A* A* A* A* A at A-level and 1 in the STEP exam, as a result of all his hard work and dedication he has a confirmed place at the University of Cambridge to study Maths.
18/08/14 - Fantastic Results for Oxford Tutorial College Students
Staff and students have a reason to celebrate following the release of the A-level results last week with many students receiving confirmed places at their first choice university. Julia Vasilieva was one of our high achieving students gaining two A*s and three As at A-level. Julia’s tutor thought that this was well deserved, and said “Julia adopted a very mature and conscientious approach to her studies throughout the whole course combined with a consistently enthusiastic interest in the subject and a very strong grasp of sociological content and evaluative skills.” Due to Julia’s hard work and dedication she has gained herself a place at Bath University to study Sociology.
01/08/14 - Oxford Tutorial College is Shortlisted for Star Award
We are pleased to announce that Oxford Tutorial College has been shortlisted in the Study Travel Magazine, Star High School 2014 category. The final result is not being announced until 30th August so keep an eye out to find out how we got on. Details about the awards can be found in the STM Star Awards supplement, click here to view.
25/06/14 - End of Term Boat Trip for Staff and Students
To celebrate the end of term the Staff and Students of Oxford Tutorial College set sail from the centre of Oxford down the River Thames to Abingdon, stopping in Sandford for a farewell drink.
The sun was shining and the scenery was idyllic, on board there were nibbles and home-made cakes for everyone to enjoy. This was the perfect end to the academic year in Oxford, it gave everyone the opportunity to chat, relax and have fun.
19/06/14 - Students Visit Oxford Brookes University
Year 12 students visited Oxford Brookes to have a tour of the campus and to find out more. For some students this was their first visit to a university, and their first step to deciding where they would like to study. There was some great feedback from the students as the day gave them a real feeling of what university life would be like.
“The visit was really helpful and interesting as I haven't been to a university before and it was really great to see how things work and to wonder around the campus. It gave me a sense of what it could be like studying there and the tour was very interesting as I got to see all the different departments. It was just nice getting to know a bit more about university life and the atmosphere, it gave me a very good impression.”
18/06/14 - 2013/14 Student Magazine Now Available
The latest student magazine is now available to view, please click here to read about what the students have been up to. This magazine was created by the students on the Oxford Advanced Studies Programme in the Michaelmas (winter) term and is completely their own work. The students talk about their time at Oxford Tutorial College, the activities they took part in and the countries they have visited. The magazine also contains a selection of written work.
18/06/14 - An Educational Visit to Bath
A group of students studying on the Academic Preparation Programme and the Oxford Advanced Studies Program visited Bath this week as part of their activity programme.
13/06/14 - Students say farewell over a game of Quidditch
As the end of term approaches, personal tutor Jenny Ballam organised a friendly game of Quidditch for her tutor group. But before the game could begin, the pitch had to be constructed. Using a range of materials including cups, bats and balls and a lot creativity the team set to work. Alongside the tournament everyone was treated to a lovely breakfast of croissants, brioche, strawberries and cream.
12/06/14 - UCAS Help for Year 12 Students
A representative from The University of Manchester came to Oxford Tutorial College to talk to year 12 students about the university application process, providing handy tips for completing their UCAS applications. There was great feedback from the students:
“The introduction to both The University of Manchester and UCAS was really helpful and interesting, I am now ready to begin my UCAS application process.”
09/06/14 - Tutor makes a sacrifice to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Oxford Tutorial College tutor Valerie Gorman has been H2Only for the last two weeks, she said farewell to fizzy pop, bye-bye to beer and laters to lattes and drinking nothing but water. Valerie explains how the last two weeks have been. “I really missed my morning coffee with cream which I drink at Starbucks while preparing for my day's tutorials or marking student essays. The Starbucks baristas were puzzled when I ordered a cup of hot water with my muffin, but always had their usual smile for me.”
Valerie started this fund-raising to highlight the sacrifice the RNLI crews make, giving up their leisure time to be on call for emergency rescue at sea 24/7. During their call period, they cannot drink alcohol, so that means drinking water while their friends and family enjoy their beers, wines, or cocktails.
To conclude her two weeks of H2Only Valerie opened her own Mocktail bar in the college reception, making drinks using fruit and different types of water for everyone to enjoy, raising a total of £56 due to the generosity of staff and students.
If you would like to find out more click here.
08/06/14 - Staff and Students take part in the Rainbow Run
The Rainbow Run is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a colourful day with friends & family! Staff and students from Oxford Tutorial College took part in this colourful event this weekend, raising money for Helen and Douglas House, a local charity that provides hospice care for children and young adults.
07/06/14 - Tutor Runs, Cycles and Swims for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Congratulations to Oxford Tutorial College tutor Catherine Hartley who took part in the Blenheim Triathlon on Saturday, raising a total of £406.43 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
If you would like find out more click here.
04/06/14 - Pop up Cake Sale to raise money for Oxford Children’s Hospital
Oxford Tutorial College student Alice Broadribb took on the challenge of organising a pop up bake sale to support her close friend who is raising money for Oxford children’s hospital. This is how the cake sale came about in Alice’s words:
“On Wednesday 4th June I organised a small cake sale (or so I had thought). A week prior to this, a long-time friend Kirsty Beacham had told me that she was going to abseil 100ft from the top of the John Radcliffe Hospital to raise money for the children’s hospital. The Beacham family have first-hand experience in the wonders that the children’s hospital can do and so raising money to support the exceptional level of care that they provide patients with is very important to them.
As soon as I found out about the event, I knew I wanted to help in whatever way I could. The next day my idea of a bake sale was approved and planning was underway. I had expected to do most if not all of the baking myself; however, when I arrived on Wednesday morning I saw bags full of delicious cakes and treats baked by staff and fellow students. I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for raising money for this wonderful cause. When all the fantastic goodies had been laid out on the table (well, all that could fit at one time!) people discovered an array of cupcakes, brownies, donuts, banana cakes and much more!
In total we managed to raise £138.94 due to the excellent generosity of the staff and students. I would like to thank all those who were involved in organising, baking, selling and counting the takings on the day! In my opinion, Rupert Gill deserves a special thank you for organising this event so quickly and contributing a bounty of tasty treats to sell!”
Here is a quote from Kirsty who will be abseiling in aid of Oxford children’s hospital on Sunday 21st September, you can find out more by clicking here.
“I dedicate my abseil to my sister and a little angel in heaven. I look on my sister's journey with pride as whatever challenge she is faced with, she finds a way to overcome it and remain the caring, happy and cheeky girl we know and love.”
10/05/14 - Oxford Fun Run
To raise money for charity a team of students from Oxford Tutorial College took part in a 5km Fun Run at Oxford University Parks, organised by Oxford Rotary Club.
09/05/14 - Student Council Organises a Fun Filled Event
The International Evening was a great success. Everyone had a taste of dishes from around the globe, made and donated by staff and students.
31/01/14 - Happy Chinese New Year!
To celebrate Chinese New Year students at Oxford Tutorial College organised a lunch in aid of China Concern, a charity that changes lives by bringing love, hope and opportunity to China's abandoned children. Thank you for everyone who came along, we raised £122.
24/01/14 - Ready Steady Bake
The students at Oxford Tutorial College have come together for the second year running to bake cakes in aid of Cancer Research UK. The cakes flavours included almond and pecan, carrot and chocolate and lemon and had some beautiful decorations like the one pictured to the left. In total we raised £118.82 for the charity.
12/12/13- Getting in the Christmas Spirit
The students at Oxford Tutorial College held a Charity Christmas Coffee Morning, there were lots of delicious mince pies, home-made chocolate cakes and a tombola. The final amout raised was £177.12 for the charity Invisible Children. Well done everyone who took part and supported.
25/11/13 - Operation Christmas Child at Oxford Tutorial College
Oxford Tutorial College Staff and students donated and wrapped gifts for disadvantaged children all over the world. 50 boxes were packed full of presents and sent to children in Ukraine by the charity Operation Christmas Child. Click here to read the full story on the Oxford Mail website.
15/11/13 - Children in Need and Typhoon Appeal
Oxford Tutorial College's dedicated Student Council took part in raising money for both Children in Need and the DEC Philippines Typhoon appeal with a bake sale, lunch buffet, prize tombola, and Pudsey keyrings and wristbands on sale. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed, in total we raised £1101.43, which was split between the two charities.
01/11/13 - Oxford Tutorial College Celebrating Success!
Congratulations are in order for the Maths Department at Oxford Tutorial College. Last week, Mathematics students took part in the Senior Maths Challenge. The results are in and we are delighted to announce that:
two students achieved Gold awards
four achieved Silver
and five achieved Bronze!
Nicholas Menzel, who took part in the challenge said "the first few questions were quite easy, but became more challenging towards the end! I've done a few Maths Olympiads before and this was quite similar, I found it was really good practice for Maths and exams in general."