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Seren network will support gifted teenagers’ Oxbridge ambitions

20 November 2017

Bridgend County Borough’s brightest young minds have started attending special events and workshops to help them target places at leading universities.

A new Seren Network has been launched, with 150 of the highest achieving sixth formers from across the county borough coming together last week at Bridgend College for their first event.

The Bridgend teenagers, and their parents, met university representatives from Oxford, Bath and the Brilliant Club to hear a bit more about the application process and what life is like for an Oxbridge student and other top universities.

Students have been invited to be part of the network based on their excellent GCSE results, and workshops will be held throughout the academic year to support them to aspire for the top.

The Seren Network has been set up in partnership by Bridgend County Borough Council, sixth forms in secondary schools, Bridgend College and Welsh Government and follows the format of similar networks that have been created elsewhere to address a decline in Welsh applications to Oxford and Cambridge. Bridgend County Borough is also part of a wider regional hub with Neath Port Talbot and Powys.

Councillor Charles Smith, Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration said: “Other Seren Networks have proven fruitful in raising aspirations in other parts of Wales, so we’re excited to be able to introduce one here in Bridgend County Borough.

“Our gifted teenagers should be encouraged to challenge themselves and aim high. Those that have the ability should certainly have Oxbridge and other leading universities on their radar, and this network has been set up to give them the best possible chance to fulfil their academic potential.

“There’s obviously a lot of competition to get into these universities, so members of the network will get support to help them stand out from the crowd and be fully prepared for the application process.

“They’ll be given practical tips on the application tests and interviews, and will also be able to build links and friendships with other bright sparks.”

To find out more about Seren Networks in Wales, visit

Last Updated: 21/11/2017
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