School Visits to Balliol

Balliol Student Ambassadors lead tour of visiting school students 2015We are always happy to welcome school groups to Balliol, so that they can experience what life is like as a student at Balliol College, Oxford University. 

We invite visits from able students from primary schools, secondary schools and sixth forms for a Balliol experience day.

Events are always tailored to the age and requirements of the group. The maximum group size we can accept is 20.

All groups will enjoy a tour of the College with one of our Student Ambassadors - current Balliol undergraduates who volunteer to lead tours and give workshops - and an information advice and guidance session relevant to their age. Younger students will explore what university is in general and what Oxford in particular may offer them.

  • KS3 students may take part in a library workshop to develop critical thinking skills.
  • Wilnecote High School visit to Balliol 2017KS4 students may take part in academic taster sessions based at the College or in a department.
  • Our work with year 12 and year 13 students centres on supporting prospective University of Oxford applicants through the admissions process by making it as clear as possible and providing guidance on personal statements and interviews.

A typical timetable runs as follows:

Hertswood Academy at Balliol October 2018‘Our trip to Oxford University was remarkable and truly enjoyable for the year-11 students. We felt so fortunate to be given such an unforgettable opportunity and it was extremely beneficial.’ Lana El Assad, Year 11, Hertswood Academy Read Lana’s acccount of her school’s visit

‘This trip has persuaded me to go to university and has inspired me to try my hardest to get where I want to be.’ - Rebecca Griffiths, Year 7, Queens’ School, Bushey Read Rebecca’s account of her school’s visit

‘I thought that our trip to Oxford University was very useful and informative. Our trip gave us an insight to what university life is like. It also gave us an idea of what grades at GCSE and A-level we need to achieve to get into such a great university such as Oxford.’ - Tiffany Duran, Marlborough Science Academy (years 9 and 10), St Albans

Educational activities in Oxford

In addition to the academic sessions provided by the College it is possible to book self-guided tours and taught sessions in a number of museums in the city. It is also possible for us to arrange tours of other colleges and to our archives at Balliol’s Historic Collections Centre.

Balliol visits to schools

Our Outreach Officer, Pravahi Osman, visits schools and colleges in Balliol’s link region of Hertfordshire. Our Student Ambassadors are also sometimes available to visit schools and give presentations on request. If you would like to arrange a visit to your school or college, please contact outreach@balliol.ox.ac.uk.

How to book and FAQs

If you would like to discuss arranging a visit to Balliol for your students, please contact outreach@balliol.ox.ac.uk. See also these Frequently Asked Questions.

Balliol Librarian with visiting school students