Our science department take very seriously any child’s wish to study Medicine and we endeavor to ensure that each pupil, who is applying for Medicine, is as fully prepared for the application process as possible. In addition they are supervised by Harriet Wilson who is our UCAS co-ordinator.
In addition to the Academic Enrichment Programme, which is open to all pupils, we also provide a tailored support and guidance programme.
Applying to Medical School Support
- There is a weekly mentoring session for all Medics where pupils can share ideas and discuss current issues facing the medical industry in the UK at present. These meetings will enable each pupil to engage in an intellectual conversation about topical issues, and the mentor will also provide pertinent advice about the application process, including their personal statement and choice of college, as well directing pupils towards relevant wider reading. In addition, pupils are required to prepare papers for discussion at these meetings on a range of topics.
- There is a plethora of academic societies eg Wallingford, Knowles, which help pupils to develop an intellectual curiosity about their learning; events include talks by outside speakers, special events, trips, conferences and group discussions. Pupils are expected to attend academic society events.
- We will hold coaching sessions for pupils before they sit their respective admissions tests. There are a range of admissions tests for medical schools, including the BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Tests).
- A comprehensive mock interview programme, including a series of internal mock interviews and calling upon outside specialists, as required.
- Links with alumni by means of the Old Gregorian Medical Society. This has been set up by both retired and practising doctors, as well as people working in Admissions Departments at university medical schools, to provide expert support and guidance for future Medics at the school.
- Close links with our local GP practise including shadowing days spent at the surgery.