Upper sixth celebrate university offers

Congratulations to our Upper Sixth as they celebrate offers from prestigious institutions across the country, including seven places at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

The following girls and boys are delighted with their offers from Cambridge:

  • Georgia Burns – English at Selwyn College
  • Natalie Ho – Medicine at Murray Edwards College
  • Alex Jones – Music at Selwyn College
  • Peter Withers – Natural Sciences at Trinity College
  • Paul Wong – Natural Sciences at St Catharine’s College

And from Oxford:

  • George Smith – Chemistry at St Catherine’s College
  • Laura Cooper (OS 2016) – Open offer

Leading universities

Head of Sixth Form Mr David Stone said: “Yet again, our pupils have had a fantastic set of university offers, not just those for Oxbridge but many more for prestigious institutions across the country for courses such as Natural Sciences, Law, Medicine, English, Languages and Economics. Based on the strength of their applications, a significant number of pupils have received unconditional offers.”

Pupils receive thorough support and advice regarding their future study and career options, and this begins as early as the third year of Senior School, when pupils are invited to talks about Higher Education and applications to the world’s leading universities. Cross-curricular extension activities and the development of critical thinking skills start in Lower School, preparing pupils to explore the wider academic world.

Invaluable support and advice

The pupils benefit from a dedicated UCAS Adviser who personally oversees their application, as well as specific support for those applying to the most competitive universities. This also extends to preparation for tests, feedback and advice on submitted work, practice interviews and workshops. Extra preparation is given for admissions tests such as UKCAT and LNAT, which are some of the tests required for medical, dental and law degrees. As the recruitment process for Medical, Veterinary Science and Dentistry is particularly rigorous, the school prepares candidates in a number of ways including practical sessions, ethical debates, role playing and presentation skills. Our UCAS Advisers are skilled and experienced in supporting those pupils who choose to further their studies overseas. Those with Oxbridge ambitions receive additional guidance and support from our Extension Coordinators, Mr Thorley and Mrs Britton.

Extracurricular activities such as Symposium, Model United Nations, Young Enterprise, Debating Society and Café Sci help to equip the girls and boys with vital skills and knowledge required for the next stage of their academic life. Teaching staff offer extension sessions and mock interviews, bringing in professionals such as academics, medics and lawyers to provide invaluable expertise.

Mr Stone added: “We are proud to be able to offer pupils such extensive advice and support in the application process and I am confident that they go on to the next steps fully prepared for what lies ahead.”

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