Molly Bolding

How to put Oxbridge within your students’ grasp

Cambridge undergraduate Molly Bolding says that, coming from a comprehensive, she secured a place at her dream university only through a lucky break. She explains how she developed practical criticism classes for sixth-formers at her old school to assuage their fears about applying to elite institutions

How to put Oxbridge within your students' grasp

I was never meant to get into the University of Cambridge. I attended a comprehensive school, I was living in an area where few went to university and I experienced difficulties throughout my education – including inconsistent quality of teaching. I had always dreamed of receiving an Oxbridge offer, but it did not seem likely.

However, I was exceptionally fortunate: I did get an offer. And, after missing my A-level grades and conditional offer from Trinity College, I was plucked from the “summer pool” by the director of studies for English at Sidney Sussex College.

I’m now in my second ...

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