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The University of Oxford’s Schools Liaison Officer Daniel Pugh-Bevan made his first visit to The Blue Coat School, which he hopes will form the start of a new educational relationship.

Mr Pugh-Bevan, whose focus is on state schools in North West England and North Wales, met Mrs O’Rourke, Key Stage Five Leader, to discuss improving opportunities for Blue Coat students wanting to apply to Oxford’s Colleges.

As a former Organ Scholar at St Peter’s College, Oxford University, Mr Pugh-Bevan also had a discussion with Year 12 music students and keen organ players Simon and Daniel, about applying for organ scholarships at the various Oxford colleges.

Mr Pugh-Bevan is based at St Peter’s College which was founded by the Chavasse family of Liverpool, originally as a college for non-public school entrants. He said: “It was a brilliant visit to Blue Coat and I’ve had a super time. I really hope this will be the start of a new relationship between Blue Coat School and St Peter’s College, including a visit here next year.”

Mrs O’Rourke said: “I had a really useful meeting with Mr Pugh-Bevan which gave me valuable advice on Oxford University’s application and interview process, including how we prepare students from early on about what is needed for entrance.”

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