Currently running for the fifth year, St John’s College is delighted to announce that over 160 pupils from Year 12 have joined our 2021-2023 Year 12 and 13 Inspire Programme (Inspire 12 & 13).

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Inspire 12 & 13 is open to pupils at all non-selective state schools and sixth-form colleges in the St John’s College link regions: Brighton & Hove, Ealing, East Sussex, Harrow, Southampton, West Sussex, as well as areas in the Oxford for South East group (Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Medway, Portsmouth, Surrey).

Inspire 12 & 13 is a two-year programme delivered primarily online which encourages pupils to stretch themselves academically, and supports them to make competitive applications to top universities like Oxford. Pupils taking part in Inspire 12 & 13 will have the opportunity to:

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  • Attend virtual academic taster sessions in a range of subjects with top academics, exploring academic subjects in-depth with people who share a passion for the subject (this years’ theme is ‘Order in Our World’)
  • Receive reliable information and advice about university admissions in order to make informed choices and submit strong applications to competitive courses and universities.
  • Prepare for the transition to university with interactive skills sessions on topics such as managing your money at university and cooking on a budget.

Download the digital flyer here.

This course takes place on our website Inspire Digital, which you can explore here.

Inspire 12 & 13 consists of a series of online Twilight Sessions throughout the year. Sessions include a combination of academic taster talks by scholars from Oxford or other leading universities, and expert guidance on skills development and how to make an effective and competitive application to university. All pupils on Inspire 12 & 13 are also invited to attend a virtual summer school, which offers academic lectures, skills sessions and careers advice. 

Parents, carers and teachers of Inspire 12 & 13 pupils will be invited to attend online webinars designed to support their pupils. Topics will include ‘The University of Oxford’, ‘The Oxford Application Process’ and ‘Interviews’.

In addition, Inspire 12 & 13 pupils will also be invited to apply for competitive spaces to the following events which run independently of Inspire 12 & 13, including:  

  • Residential summer schools at St John’s College which offer pupils a taster of student life at the University of Oxford
  • Study Days and Subject Exploration Days which offer pupils a more in depth look at their subject, with a chance to meet tutors, students, and visit St John’s College
  • The Inspire Research Project, where pupils will be guided in how to prepare and submit a research project proposal. Winning entries will be awarded book vouchers, and pupils will be invited to a research day at St John’s College.

Do I need to meet particular criteria to join?

The programme is open to pupils at all non-selective state schools and sixth-form colleges in the St John’s College link regions: Brighton & Hove, Ealing, East Sussex, Harrow, Southampton, West Sussex, as well as areas in the Oxford for South East group (Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Medway, Portsmouth, Surrey).

Selection is based on both academic merit (using a combination of GCSE performance and a brief personal statement) and a number of contextual factors, including:

  • if the pupil is from a low socio-economic status background and/or from an area with low progression to higher education
  • if the pupil is in receipt of free school meals and/or is in the care of a local authority

Please note that our courses are often oversubscribed, and therefore an unsuccessful application to Inspire 12 & 13 is not necessarily a reflection of a pupil’s likelihood of being successful in an application for undergraduate study at the University of Oxford. 

Do I have to pay? 

No, all the events and resources are free to qualifying pupils. Inspire 12 & 13 pupils can also apply for financial assistance towards the cost of travel to events and technology required for digital working.

What did previous years' courses look like?

To get a taste of what we offer on this programme, view our 2020-21 Year 12 Inspire Programme timetable.

How do I contact you if I have further queries?

If you have any further questions, please email us at inspire@sjc.ox.ac.uk.