Thanks again, team. I never thought, when I started this thread, that it would run as long as it has – or that I’d uncover such a diverse range of opinions. To answer some of the points you:ve made…. I think that, if she’s unsuccessful this time round, she will re-apply in a year’s time? Why is she so set on Oxford? Difficult to say. At a guess, I’d suggest a) that I’ve brought her up to try to take her chances as they present themselves – and if she has the ability to get into Oxford, she should certainly try, b) she knows perfectly well that an Oxbridge degree, while not being of itself a passport to fame, fortune and beautiful men will certainly stand her in very good stead in the future, and c) she was really convinced by the couple of days she spent at Wadham – she loved the college, loved Oxford itself and felt that she’d like to spend three years there. To pick up on Jessie’s point: no, she doesn’t feel she needs to do it because of parental/school pressure – it’s all her own idea! (In fact, if I’d put any pressure on her, it would have been to raed English at York – like her father did…)
Good thoughts re the written work, Mr. Potatohead. And as for the no-win no-fee interview training – I have no problems with the morality of that. It’s how the world works. Lauren: excellent perspective on the Media Studies thing: I hadn’t thought of positioning it as an analytical subject in which deciphering meanings that aren’t always immediately clear is a key skill. And, if it’s on charisma – and, as Tomcoolinguk says, academic potential - she certainly stands a very good chance. There’s also no doubt that she’ll get a glowing reference from the school.
However, Tom’s wake-up call is spot on. I know, from my experience both in hiring people and trying to get hired, that there are so many applicanst for any given job that the first ‘sort’ is fairly coarse, and based on easy-to-identify, objective criteria. For example, many recruitment agencies will give a pile of CVs to an office junior and ask the junior to bin all the ones that don’t specifically mention “x”. I could well understand it if Oxford took a similar approach, weeding out all the non-AAAA applicants.
However, Tom is a little wide of the mark on whether or not her AS scores are meaningful. I’m confident that they weren’t, and that there’s little doubt that she’ll achieve three As. A little more effort and application is what’s required.
Jessie: spot on. I felt that being asked to be Head Girl would be important, which is why we decided to stay in the area to give her the best possible chance of it, rather than moving away – which was a real option a year or so ago. And it’s true, as I noted previously, that going to Oxford is only a relatively recent idea – she would certainly have chosen different A-level subjects had she been thinking about it at the time. Thanks for the good wishes.
Haz: she went ahead (without telling me) and dropped Computing in favour of Art. (So, dropped her C subject in favour of her B subject). What exercises me about this choice is only whether you have to be a ‘natural artist’ to get an A. She isn’t…
I’d love to think I can re-open this topic when I know the outcome of all this – I kinda feel like all of you who have so generously contributed your time, experience and brain power to discussing my daughter’s future might be interested to know how it works out. Can anyone tell me, realistically, when she could expect to know a) if she’s got an interview, and b) if she’s been offered a place? Cheers, Ian.