Exciting opportunities await for Upper Sixth students
In recent weeks, Upper Sixth students have continued to receive news of exciting opportunities that await them once their A-level examinations have been successfully tackled and they become members of our Old Stopfordian Community. This includes offers from leading UK universities, including three offers from Oxford and Cambridge.
An impressive number of the Upper Sixth Form have already received offers from all of their chosen universities and are now in a position to make their final firm and insurance choices, supported by their UCAS Advisers and the SGS Sixth Form team.
This includes Ella Glazier and Tom Williams, who both hold offers from the University of Cambridge. Head Girl, talented musician and 1st XI hockey player Ella has an offer from Jesus College to read Natural Sciences. Ella also plays rugby for the school’s girls’ 1st XV and for Lancashire and she is part of the Sale Sharks Women’s Developing Player Pathway. Tom Williams has an offer to read Geography at Emmanuel College and both pupils will be joined by Isobel Gardner (OS 2022) who will take up her deferred place to study Medicine at St John’s.
It has been another successful year so far in the sciences, including for our future medics, vets and dentists who all have the opportunity to extend their interest in their chosen field through the Medical Society, which meets weekly. Freya Newall, who is part of the Brass Ensemble and was in the top 15% in the country for her Biology Olympiad result, has been offered a place to study Biology at Hertford College, Oxford. Three applicants are already in the possession of good offers to study Medicine or Dentistry and, as interviews continue and conclude, many others wait in anticipation of some good news!
As was recently highlighted on our social media accounts, this year has seen some unprecedented successes for our future musicians, particularly in applications made to the highly selective performance focussed courses at leading conservatoires.
Ella Moran, who has been a member of the Halle Youth Choir for the last four years, has been offered a place to study singing at the Guildhall School of Music in London and Ben Wood has an offer to study clarinet at the Royal College of Music. Ben is currently a student at Junior Royal Northern College of Music and a member of the Halle Youth Orchestra. Additionally, Old Stopfordian Oscar Williams (OS 2022) has an offer from Guildhall School of Music to study drums.
University is not the only option open to pupils beyond A-levels and, in recent years, we have seen a growing number of pupils choose to pursue Degree and Higher Apprenticeship opportunities on highly selective programmes with leading companies. So far this year, Louis Beer has been offered a place on KPMG’s Accountancy Apprenticeship, having successfully navigated the different, challenging hurdles at each stage of the application process.
Eight of our Class of 2022 moved on from SGS with confirmed places or the intention to apply for opportunities with local and national firms, including Astra Zeneca, Greater Manchester Police, Capgemini and NTX.
Recent leavers have left SGS to pursue study opportunities in the US, Australia and Europe. This year, elite tennis player Oliver Hague has received an offer to study in the US at William & Mary. Oliver has successfully combined his A-level studies with training at a tennis academy and competition on the ITF Futures (Men’s) and Juniors Tours. He has also recently led the Under 18 Cheshire LTA team in the Group 1 competition in Bath.
Over thirty pupils recently attended a talk on making applications to overseas universities by Mark Huntington of A Star Future. Support and advice for students with such ambitions, which can be pursued alongside UCAS or apprenticeship applications, is readily available from the careers, UCAS Adviser and academic teams here at school.
Head of Sixth Form Mr David Stone said: “As this term continues, our Senior pupils continue to hear positive news from a range of sources, as they make progress with their preparations for life beyond SGS.
“Over recent years, a steadily increasing number are doing their research, working with staff in school and considering a full range of options for their futures. Most will still decide that university is right for them and their organisation and determination, supported by their UCAS Advisers, ensured that almost all of our pupils had submitted their applications well before Christmas; even with the later January UCAS deadline. That support and expertise from the UCAS Adviser team extends beyond the narrow parameters of the university or even UK route.
“As they prepare for the summer A-level examinations, the first formal public examinations they will have sat, there is plenty for each individual to be excited about and to work towards.”
Fuller details of the career support and guidance for the students in the Sixth Form and details of our leavers destinations can be viewed in the Academic Ambition part within the Sixth Form section of the School website.