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Upper Sixth celebrate university offers

Congratulations to our Upper Sixth as they celebrate offers from prestigious institutions across the country including ten places at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, representing 10% of the year group.

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

  • Beatrice Asquith – Natural Sciences at Sidney Sussex College
  • Emma Crook – Philosophy at Pembroke College
  • Isobel Fraser – English Literature at Trinity Hall
  • Millie Johnson – Architecture at Sidney Sussex College
  • Nathan Kingsley – Natural Sciences at Robinson College
  • Paar Singh – Maths at Robinson College

And from Oxford:

  • Natasha Brickstock – Experimental Psychology at Somerville College
  • Samuel Howard – Mathematics at New College
  • Elsa Shah – Music at University College
  • Daniel Woodside – Chemistry at Keble College

Leading universities

Sixth formers have received an outstanding set of offers, not just those for Oxbridge, but many more for highly regarded institutions across the country.

Head of Sixth Form Mr David Stone said: “We are delighted that leading universities are making excellent offers to our Upper Sixth form pupils. As has been the case in recent years, these offers are for courses such as Natural Sciences, Law, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, English, Languages and Economics. In line with the trend nationally, a significant number of pupils have received unconditional offers on the basis of the competitiveness of their applications.”

“We are especially pleased for the ten pupils who have secured offers from Oxford or Cambridge, at a time when competition for places at these prestigious universities is particularly fierce.”

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 Co-ordinators, Miss Stevenson and Mrs Britton.

Co-curricular 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 feel a real sense of pride in the successes of our pupils in securing these offers, which are due in a large part to the extensive advice and guidance they receive throughout the application process. I remain confident that they go on to the next steps fully prepared for what lies ahead.”