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Outstanding University Success

The start of the new year always brings news for our Sixth Form pupils about where they will be heading when they leave PGS to embark on the next stage of their educational journey. 2017 is no different. Amongst the many university offers being received we have been delighted to congratulate fourteen pupils who have been offered places to study at Oxbridge colleges from September.

“To be successful following such a rigorous application and interview process for places at Oxbridge is a really impressive achievement,” says James Priory, Headmaster. “These pupils have done incredibly well and should be justifiably excited and proud.”

Pupils have been offered places on a wide range of courses including Chemistry, English, Engineering, Human, Social and Political Sciences, History and Economics, Medicine and Modern Languages.

Amongst those offered places is Grace Goodfellow who started PGS in Reception Year. “It’s definitely going to be strange moving on,” said Grace. “I shall miss the amazing friends I’ve made and the constant support from the teachers. However, I’m really looking forward to the fabulous opportunities I’ll find at university, both in studying my favourite subjects and experiencing new things. The memory of opening my letter from Oxford, standing under the PGS arch, will always be a special one.” Grace has been offered a place at Wadham College, Oxford to read French and Linguistics.

Balancing success in the sciences with a passion for music and drama are Melissa Talbot who has been offered a place at Corpus Christi College, Oxford to read Physics, and Florence Willcocks who has been offered a place to read Engineering at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Melissa is a member of the National Youth Choir as well as the school Chamber Choir and Senior Orchestra, whilst Florence who took a lead role in the musical Crazy for You in November was also Dance Captain for the production.

“One of the best things about getting my offer was proving that I could try for Cambridge alongside doing the school musical as well,” commented Florence. “I intend to give getting the grades I need for my offer my best shot,” said Florence, “but I also know I will be happy wherever I end up, since I am determined to take every opportunity that University has to offer. I’m looking forward to meeting a range of people who are as passionate about Engineering as me, as well as through co-curricular music and drama. What I know is that I will learn a great deal about my subject and about myself, that’s what University is about for me.”

Throughout the Sixth Form good news is being received with over a quarter of the cohort already being made offers to all five universities that they have applied to. Luke Rees, Head of Sixth Form, commented on this wider success: “The excellent news from our Oxbridge candidates is just part of the university story for our pupils this year. We still have some months to go, but already 90% have received an offer from at least one Russell Group or equivalent university. They are also going on to study a wide range of subjects from Medicine, History, Law, Music and Engineering to Air Transport Management, Criminology, Oceanography, 3D Design and Fashion Marketing.”

Full list of Oxbridge candidates
Caleb Barron, History and English, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Alexander Butler, Chemistry, Lincoln College, Oxford

Luke Farmer, Human, Social and Political Sciences, Magdalene College, Cambridge

Anna Fowler, Biomedical Science, St Anne’s College, Oxford

Grace Goodfellow, French and Linguistics, Wadham College, Oxford

Harriet Hammans, English, Christ’s College, Cambridge

Hope Hopkinson, Philosophy and Theology, Trinity College, Oxford

Lloyd Morgan, Medicine, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Alex Moore, Chemistry, Keble College, Oxford

Cicely Podmore, Modern and Medieval Languages, Peterhouse College, Cambridge

Samuel Rush, History and Economics, Pembroke College, Oxford

Melissa Talbot, Physics, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Tanya Thekkekkara, Human, Social and Political Sciences, Girton College, Cambridge

Florence Willcocks, Engineering, Magdalene College, Cambridge