We have been overjoyed to hear from our Year 13 pupils over the last few weeks about the offers they have started to receive for university. This include nine offers of places at Cambridge and Oxford. In an increasingly competitive university environment, made all the more challenging in the context of the pandemic and the extensive period of remote learning last Spring and Summer, this represents an outstanding achievement by our candidates. We are delighted at their success.  

Cambridge

Max Harvey – Natural Sciences – Robinson

Megan Latham – Classics – Murray Edwards

Robbie McDonald – Medicine – Gonville and Caius

Leo Wilkinson – Natural Sciences – Queens

John Yu – Mathematics – Emmanuel

Yi Zheng – Natural Sciences – Fitzwilliam

Oxford

Rory Buckeridge – Spanish and Portuguese – Trinity

Edith Critchley – English Language and Literature – Hertford

Oliver Saint – Spanish and Linguistics – Pembroke

While other universities are still making decisions and the application process is thus ongoing, plenty of offers have already come through from some of the UK’s leading research universities, including Imperial, Durham, Warwick, UCL and many others. Applicants for Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, two of the most competitive academic fields, are currently in the midst of a rigorous round of interviews. In addition, our pupils are applying for an unprecedentedly diverse range of subjects, from Fashion Management to Biotechnology, Architecture to Liberal Arts. In addition, pupils continue to consider alternative pathways such as apprenticeships in fields from computing to accountancy.

Furthermore, we have several Year 13 pupils applying to universities in the USA and Hong Kong, reflecting the increasingly global outlook of PGS pupils.

It has been inspiring to see the ambition our university applicants have shown over the ten challenging months of the pandemic, from setting up their own online discussion groups to wider reading and research to undertaking placements online and in-person supporting the vulnerable in nursing homes and other sectors. This motivated, aspirational, socially responsible and intellectually enquiring group of pupils continue to impress us all.