Oxbridge and Medical Offers


In the Sixth Form, we encourage all pupils with outstanding GCSE results to consider an application to either Cambridge or Oxford universities. For some pupils, it might be that their ambitions lie elsewhere; however, for those who do wish to make an application, we provide a range of support and guidance.

Our aim is to help Oxbridge aspirants to demonstrate their academic potential in the most effective possible way in their applications. We bring together prospective Oxbridge applicants on a weekly basis to discuss their academic reading, research and interests; and in these meetings we also give guidance on appropriate course choice and how to put in the best possible application. We also provide practice for admissions tests and also organise mock interviews.

Over the past two years, Oakhamians received Oxbridge offers from:


College Course
St Catharine’s College English
Queens’ College Natural Sciences
Downing College Natural Sciences
Robinson College Psychology and Behavioural Sciences
Sidney Sussex College Computer Science
Jesus College Mathematics
Pembroke College Classics
Corpus Christi College Human, Social and Political Sciences
Caius College History
St John's College History
Murray Edwards College Chemistry


College Course
Wadham College Engineering
St Hugh’s College Engineering
Lady Margaret Hall Physics
Exeter College English
St Peter's College PPE
St Hilda's College Chemistry
Open College English

Medical/clinical courses

Around a dozen Form 7 pupils apply for clinical courses – mainly medicine – each year. We have a busy programme of events and activities for students considering clinical courses, including the Royal School of Medicine Careers Day (held at Oakham), lectures, mock interviews, personal statement workshops and more. Every two years, we also run a practical work experience trip to Costa Rica, where students run health clinics for local residents, measuring blood pressure, BMI and glucose.

There are Old Oakhamians training to be doctors, veterinary surgeons and dentists at Bristol, Imperial College, Nottingham and Sheffield, among many other UK universities. In addition, former pupils regularly receive offers to study medicine abroad.

This year, Oakhamians received clinical offers from:

University Course
University College London Medical Physics
University of Leeds Medical Sciences
University of Exeter Medical Sciences
University of Cardiff Medicine
King's College London Medicine
University of Cardiff Pharmacy
University of Birmingham Dentistry
University of Bristol Medicine
Sheffield Hallam University Nursing
University of Edinburgh Medicinal & Biological Chemistry
University of Leeds Medical Sciences 
Keele University Biomedical Science
Darren Sheppard

Darren Sheppard

Senior Academic Mentor

I have been Senior Academic Mentor since September 2015. The role is a development of my previous role as Master of Scholars, and involves responsibility for overseeing and encouraging the progress of pupils holding an academic award, and also the Oxbridge process. I was Head of Religion and Philosophy for nine years, having joined the School in 2005. In addition I am a tutor in the Upper School. I hold a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Warwick, following an MA in Continental Philosophy and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Literature (First Class).