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University offers celebrated by Upper Sixth students

Congratulations to our Upper Sixth students as they continue to receive offers from prestigious institutions across the country.

Medics, Vets and Dentists

Nineteen students have applied to study Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry in September 2020. With many leading medical schools yet to make decisions, eleven already have at least one offer with three students holding multiple offers for Medicine.

Head Girl Kate Roberts has offers from Bristol, Birmingham and Newcastle; 1st XI hockey player Sophie Douglas has offers from St Andrews, Nottingham and Sheffield; and 2019 Classics Play lead actor Almira Awan-Rutter has offers from King’s College London and Glasgow.

Eve Gibbons has an offer from Cambridge (Murray Edwards) for Veterinary Science while fellow Vet, Deputy Head Girl and 1st VII Netballer Phoebe Christodoulou has an offer from Glasgow.

Leading universities

So far, sixty three students have received all of their decisions from universities and are now in a position to make their final firm and insurance choices. Offers include:

Jamie Carson has an offer to study French and German at Cambridge (Robinson College). Jamie has a strong interest in politics and was a candidate in the school’s December 2019 mock election. Pippa Brown has an offer to study Mathematics and Music at Birmingham; Isabelle Corcoran has an offer to study Law at Glasgow; Will Garrett has an offer to study Management and German Studies at Lancaster; Katie Hicks has an offer to study Classical Civilisation at Warwick; Hannah Franklin has an offer to study Illustration at Leeds Arts and James Coppock has an offer to study Real Estate at Oxford Brookes.

Twenty two fully unconditional offers have been made to our students from universities including Lancaster, Leicester and Newcastle. From Lancaster, Eloise Duck has accepted an offer to study Psychology, while Luke Bennett has accepted an offer to study Law with a year abroad.

Head of Sixth Form Mr David Stone said: “It is really pleasing to note the successes enjoyed so far this application cycle by our students in receiving offers to study on sought after courses at leading institutions. Supported by their UCAS Advisers and teachers through every step of the UCAS process, every individual can apply for their chosen pathway beyond school confident of being successful.”

Exceptional advice and support

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.

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 UCAT 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 Co-ordinators.

Co-curricular activities such as Spotlight On…talks, Model United Nations, Young Enterprise and Debating Society 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: “Our work in the classroom ensures that every Sixth Former has the opportunity to fulfil their academic potential in their final two years in the school, whilst the breadth of opportunities and support on offer to all, particularly in their preparations for their next steps – be it university, apprenticeships or routes directly into the workplace, ensures that they are able to approach life beyond SGS with confidence and curiosity.”