How many golden eagles does it take to lift an elephant?How many golden eagles does it take to lift an elephant?Applemore College Visit to St Edmund Hall, Oxford University.On 28th January, ten Applemore students travelled to Oxford University where, not only were they shown around St Edmund Hall (one of Oxford’s Colleges), given a delicious lunch and told all about the many benefits of a University education, but they also discussed a wide range of questions that are typically used in Oxford interviews.Our hosts really emphasised the importance of preparing for University; choosing a course of study before you choose a College. The students were given lots of opportunities to ask questions of current students, learning about life in College and noted that the different Oxford Colleges compete against each other in a similar way to the Houses at Applemore College, but on a bigger scale. After lunch, we broke into small groups for ‘critical thinking’ - looking at questions such as the eagle one in the title. The answer by the way is not relevant - it is how you approach tackling the question that the College was interested in.St Edmund’s was really helpful as a representative of Oxford and the whole day was well organised – it definitely left us all with something to think about. We were reminded that several ex-Applemore students have also gone on to study at either Oxford or Cambridge, so we, as teachers, were left thinking - maybe some of these ten will join them?What an exciting opportunity for staff and students alike.Author: Jo Plummer, English Teacher.