Oxbridge Application Service
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Oxbridge admissions are among the most competitive in the world. To have a chance of a place, even the brightest applicants need the skills to demonstrate their full academic potential. To address this need, We are working with Westminster Tutors was founded to provide preparation for entrance to Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and to the present day this plays a significant part in what we offer both to our own students and to students from other schools.
Around a third of our tutors are Oxford and Cambridge graduates and they are therefore ideally placed to give valuable insights into how to make a strong application and what to expect at interview and beyond.
Each year students come to us to strengthen their Oxbridge applications by embarking on a short rigorous programme of study, or for admissions test and interview preparation. Preparation ranges from one hour of mock interview practice to regular tutorial sessions over the autumn term.
Interested applicants and parents should contact us directly to discuss their arrangements.
Westminster Tutors is one of the oldest tutorial establishments in the country. It was founded in 1934 by the doughty Miss Freeston, who studied Physics at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and was one of the first women to graduate from Oxford University. She set up Westminster Tutors when she realised that young women had very little chance of securing a place at Oxford and Cambridge because they lacked access to academic tutors who could help them prepare for the rigorous Oxbridge entrance examinations.
Miss Freeston dedicated herself to Westminster Tutors for over 40 years, making the college a byword for excellence in teaching. AS Byatt, who taught at Westminster Tutors with Penelope Lively in the 1960s, recalls that ‘the ferocious Miss Freeston created an atmosphere of eccentric precision’, and describes how the two novelists ‘sat together in the small staff room on sagging sofas, amid a rich and pervasive smell of old upholstery and decaying dogs’.
Westminster Tutors takes its name from the fact the college was originally based in Artillery Row, Westminster, and it continued to occupy the same Dickensian premises in Westminster until 1992. By this time teaching had long since been extended to boys, and to delivering A level and GCSE courses. In 1993 Westminster Tutors became part of the David Game Group, and since then we have occupied premises on the Old Brompton Road in South Kensington. We now accept students aged 14+, and have continued to thrive on our long-standing reputation for providing tuition of the very highest quality.