Destination Oxbridge

High flying students Beth, Nicky and Olivia have fought off stiff competition to secure offers of places at Oxford and Cambridge, two of the world’s leading universities.

Beth needs two A*s and one A to take up her place at Magdalene College, Cambridge to study History. Beth, who also plays an active part in the Music Department at the School, said: “As well as the extension classes we had at School, in preparation for applying, we also took part in practise interview sessions which were very useful and really helped me when it came to in the real thing.

“I enjoyed the interview process, it was really interesting. I knew the Cambridge tutors wanted to get the best out of me, which was very encouraging.”

Olivia described the process of gaining her offer to study History at Worcester College, Oxford as “intense”. She said: “I had to stay in Oxford for four days, during which time I had to go through two interviews as well as writing an essay which I had no preparation materials for! The university made you feel welcome though and the process really challenged you.”

Olivia needs to achieve three A grades in her A Level exams to confirm her place: “I never even thought I’d make it to the interview stage, so I’m really pleased!”

Nicky needs an A* and two As and must also sit two extra exams in June (STEP papers) to confirm his place to study Maths at Trinity College, Cambridge. “I’ve always enjoyed Maths and always had a talent for it so I was fairly confident I’d get an interview,” said Nicky. “I was only in Cambridge for two hours but the test and interview I had to do were really tough.”

Joining the three Upper Sixth students is James Clarke, who completed his studies at CHS in 2012 and took part in the Oxbridge preparation programme at the School over the past year, achieving an offer to study Philosophy at Robinson College, Cambridge.

Mr Steve Pagan, Deputy Head (Academic), oversees the Oxbridge preparation programme and is delighted for the successful applicants:  “I congratulate all of them on their achievement. They have worked tremendously hard for this and deserve their chance.”

“I also feel for our other strong candidates, who narrowly missed out on gaining offers, because I know they too gave their very best. The Oxbridge application process is exacting and competition for places appears to be increasing year on year. We are delighted, however, that they have now secured competitive places at other Russell Group universities.”

Destination Oxbridge