Advice for Teachers

Newnham is committed to encouraging applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. We believe that to make this possible, there needs to be open communication between schools and the College.

Join the Teachers’ Email List

This is essential when it comes to disseminating the latest relevant information, and thus breaking down the misconceptions students might have about joining us. ‘Not knowing’ about Newnham or the Cambridge admissions process should not in any way be a roadblock to potential applicants.

Our team at Newnham includes the Admissions Tutor (Dr Sam Lucy), the Schools Liaison Officer (Sophie Parry), and the Admissions Coordinator (Alice Smalley). We hope that these pages will provide you with the essential information on what sort of work we do with schools (including visits to Newnham and from Newnham), our participation with the University’s Area Link Scheme, and our Teachers’ Open Day.

Teachers’ mailing list

Our teachers’ mailing list is the main route through which we communicate information about Newnham admissions activities (Open Days, Subject Taster Days, events for teachers, and other activities such as essay competitions). The email list enables us to let teachers know about these in good time, and is more effective than physical mailings.

Open Events

We host a number of Open Days and other events such as Subject Taster Days for girls in year 12 (lower 6th form), and in 2013 we ran a Women in Science residential. We also organise a range of Essay Prizes. Follow the links for more information. The application forms available for download from these pages are also available as Word documents; if you would like a copy please e-mail a request to the Schools Liaison Officer (

You can view our Child Protection Policy here.

On a wider scale, we also work closely with the access officers at the Cambridge Admissions Office. We support the University’s work with black, Asian and minority ethnicity communities and students (Insight) and the CUSU Target Schools Campaign.

Teachers’ Open Day

We also host an annual Open Day specifically for teachers. We try to tailor the programme to cater both for teachers who are new to the Cambridge applications process, and for more experienced colleagues. Sessions include the latest information on Cambridge admissions policies and procedures, and a Q&A session with current undergraduates on their experience of applying.

The next Open Day will be in Spring 2020.


Useful sites
University of Cambridge: general information for teachers and parents
Cambridge Admissions Office: events for teachers
Cambridge Admissions Office: Colleges area links scheme
Cambridge Admissions Office: Open Days and events
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