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  Rory Salt from St Benet’s Hall What’s your background? I’m middle class, from a state comprehensive school and I’m first generation going to university. What made you want to apply to Oxford? Our school had a programme to try and get people in. We would have someone get into Oxford every 1-2 years and about 10 people applied in my year. I wasn’t sure about applying but my form tutor helped with the personal statement and did a lot of encouraging. The main message – which stuck with me – was what do you have to lose by not applying. Did you feel like it was within your ability to apply because you’re school had that past record, do you think that schools having previous success creates a culture Oxbridge seeming attainable which makes applying easier? Yes it definitely does, even if it’s a school like mine that has a much smaller amount that get in than like King Edwards grammar – also in Birmingham. Also the fact that the school focussed on 10 or less people to try to get

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