Famous Five Go To Oxbridge (and take an old friend with them!)
Sixth Form students Stephanie, Robert Phillips, Kathryn Reece, Lucy Skelton and Oliver Small, along with Nina Siriwardena (Class of 2013) who completed her A Levels last year, fought off stiff competition and impressed academics at the two universities to gain their much lauded offers.
Stephanie, a member of the School’s Model United Nations (MUN) debating team has received an open college offer to read Law at the University of Oxford. She said: “I was really surprised when I received my offer. There was such a high standard of applicants from my year group at CHS, let alone from all the other schools. I can’t wait!”
Current Student Council members Robert and Oliver are both also excited about the future. Robert, who plays for the School’s First XI Hockey team, was one of only four students in the country to achieve 100% in his GCSE Further Maths paper and will continue to nurture his love of numbers with the offer of a place at Clare College, Cambridge to study Maths.
Oliver, also a member of MUN, hopes to take up his place at Oriel College, Oxford to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Badminton player and musician Kathryn, together with president of the School’s Think Tank political society, Lucy have both been offered places at St. Edmunds College, Oxford to read History. The fellow MUN debaters are equally pleased. Lucy said: “After such a tough interview I couldn’t quite believe it when I had my offer. I’m really excited to start my studies.”
It was second time round success for Nina who, having narrowly missed out on a place at Cambridge last year, achieved 3 A* A Levels in August and took on the tough application process once more, receiving an unconditional offer to study Veterinary Science at Cambridge, from September.
Assistant Head, Mr Andrew Crook leads a programme of support for Oxbridge applicants, along with a team of teaching staff, with extension classes, mock interviews and university visits. He is thrilled for the successful applicants: “This is a huge achievement for them, and is testimony both to their hard work and ability, and to the quality of the teaching they have received at CHS. Achieving a place at the top universities becomes more competitive every year, especially at Oxford and Cambridge, so we were delighted to see six of our students gain offers this year.”
Offers of university places are flooding in for other students at the independent school, covering virtually all subjects studied at A Level and including others such as Computer Science, Acting, Zoology and the Engineering disciplines. With the majority of students receiving offers at Russell Group universities and some choosing to experience a year in industry or go straight into employment, the future looks bright for the Class of 2014.