Successful applications to Oxford or Cambridge require a high level of academic ability, but also the skills and confidence to demonstrate that ability effectively. To address this need, Oxbridge Applications draws upon extensive experience and research to offer programmes that will help students maximise their chance of winning a place. Our support is not designed to ‘serve students a place’ at Oxbridge, but rather to build on their academic strengths and help them develop into independent, determined scholars.

Will Finlayson

As Operations Director for Summer Boarding Courses, Will oversees all enquiries for securing a place on one of our high-quality study holiday courses. He also oversees all our relationships with external agencies and schools, who kindly provide the excellent facilities and settings for our programmes. 

Satish Amatya

Satish initially graduated with an MBA, after which he made the decision to go into the restaurant business. He trained as a chef and worked in a number of London restaurants, eventually opening his own restaurant, as well as a number of cafés and bars. Satish then moved into financial management, and joined our Oxbridge Applications arm in 2014, and now oversees the management of the accounts of all our businesses. 

Sam Holderness

Sam looks after the day-to-day running of Summer Boarding Courses, including overseeing support for all schools during the spring and summer months. His wide experience in education and childcare ensures that children have an enriching time learning and making friends at our schools. He has also personally run SBC Bournemouth, SBC Oxford, and Norman Court schools in past summers. 

Olivia Haywood

Having been with Dukes Education since the company's inception, Olivia moved into the role of Director of Brands after four years leading marketing in a number of the group's businesses. She spent two years running marketing strategy at one of the group's consultancy arms, Oxbridge Applications, before becoming Group Marketing Manager when Dukes Education was formally launched. Olivia is responsible for domestic marketing strategy, communications, and public relations activity for Dukes' colleges, summer schools, and consultancy.