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Downe House, Saturday 10th November

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us at Downe House School on Saturday 10th November!

On this page you'll find:

  1. An introduction to the day 
  2. An overview of our mock interviews 
  3. What we're looking for
  4. Travel information 
  5. Logistical Information

1. Introduction 

On this day, our volunteers are delivering mock Oxbridge admissions interviews to students from Downe House School. 

Downe House was actually the first school that OxFizz worked with, and we're grateful they continue to put their trust in us to work with their students. Students' feedback has always been positive in the past, and volunteers often really enjoy this day - not least because of the beautiful surroundings and the lavish spread of lunch and refreshments during the day!

This is a fundraising opportunity - most of the students can afford to pay for their interview practice, giving you an opportunity to raise funds for a charity of your choice.  You can read more about OxFizz's model here

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2. Overview of our mock interviews 

Our mock interviews help students refine their interview technique ahead of their university application. 

They can focus on:

  1. The subject the student is applying for (e.g. English, Physics). In which case you will would through an exercise, article, or problem sheet with the student in your interview, or; 
  2. The students' own work - like their personal statement or a submitted essay, which you will have a chance to read beforehand 

With our guidance and support, volunteers deliver interviews across a range of subjects similar to the ones they studied. First day volunteering? Be in touch to find out about training. 

3. What we're looking for 

We're looking for graduate volunteers to deliver interviews in the following subjects: 

  • Architecture and Art
  • Biological Sciences
  • English 
  • Engineering
  • History of Art
  • Languages

If you cannot see your subject, but would like to get involved, this is possible. Please do let us know and we may be able to help.  

4. Travel

Please use the map below to see the location of the school. Transport is as follows: 

  • By train: Service from London Paddington to Thatcham, 10 minute taxi to Downe House School

On arrival to the school, head to the main hall where all of the interviews will take place. A member of our team will meet you there. 

Please note that we will cover reasonable travel expenses (let us know if they will exceed £40). Please keep any receipts or evidence of travel to submit on the day.


5. Logistics

The timetable for the day is as follows: 

  • 10.30am: Arrival, for breakfast and coffee
  • 11:00am - 13.00pm: Interviews 
  • 13.00 - 14.00pm: Lunch
  • 14.00 - 18..00pm: Interviews 

Breakfast and lunch will both be provided, and tea and coffee will be available throughout the day. To further thank you for your time, we'll bring a round of drinks for the train journey home!

Lee, our Volunteering Coordinator

Lee, our Volunteering Coordinator

The dress code is smart casual please. 

Our Volunteering Coordinator Lee Robertson will be running this event.

If you have any questions before the day, please email. If you need help on the day, please call / message on 07470 731 887. 

Earlier Event: November 8
Volunteer Training Webinar
Later Event: November 11
Sevenoaks School, Sunday 11th November