The Portsmouth Grammar School this week is celebrating along with eighteen Sixth Form pupils who have received offers of places at Oxford and Cambridge from September – the school’s largest number of successful applicants for six years.

Candidates have been successful across a range of subjects from Music to Computer Science, Linguistics, Chemistry, Classics and Natural Sciences.

“It has taken a great deal of hard work and commitment by these pupils to achieve their offers,” says Headmaster James Priory. “Along with all our other Year 13 pupils currently hearing back from universities the should be incredibly proud of their achievements.”

Amongst the Oxbridge hopefuls is Jadon Buckeridge who captained the PGS U17’s cricket team to become School Sports Magazine national champions last season and Nina Luckmann who has been Senior Prefect in her final year at PGS. “’I can’t believe it, I feel very honoured,” says Nina, “now I just need to make sure I work hard to get the International Baccalaureate grades I need!”

Six of this year’s successful candidates have been at PGS since the Junior School, one of them, Ned Davies joined PGS in Reception. “It will be very strange not to be walking through the archway each morning, I’ve been doing it for ever!” says Ned, “Receiving the offer of a place at Oxford is great and I’m really looking forward to moving on.”

Head of Sixth Form, Nick Gallop, referred to the school’s wider university success: “We’re delighted that this wonderful Oxbridge news comes alongside exceptionally high offer rates for so many of the school’s Sixth Formers this year.  With over 190 applications the Careers and Universities department has continued to support the rich and varied aspirations of our pupils.  As well as degree courses that run the breadth – from Acting to Agricultural Management, Maths to Motorcycle Engineering and Physics to Planetary Science – next year we will have pupils on sponsored degrees in partnership with national accountancy companies and others studying as far afield as the USA and New Zealand.”

Full list of successful candidates:

Julia Alsop, Music, Worcester College, Oxford

Edwina Bishop, Natural Sciences, Christ’s College, Cambridge

Jadon Buckeridge, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Mansfield College, Oxford

James Campkin, Natural Sciences, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Reetobrata Chatterjee, Computer Science, Churchill College, Cambridge

Ned Davies, Chemistry, Pembroke College, Oxford

Ciara Dossett, History, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

William Dry, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, St Peter’s College, Oxford

Elliott Ebert, Natural Sciences, Jesus College, Cambridge

Catriona Ellis, Linguistics and Spanish, Trinity College, Oxford

Joseph Ingram, Physics, Keble College, Oxford

Sian Latham, History, St Hugh’s College, Oxford

Nina Luckmann, History, Jesus College, Cambridge

Thomas Rafferty, Classics, Downing College, Cambridge

Matthew Roberts, Natural Science, Queen’s College, Cambridge

Kelvin Shiu, Chemistry, St Hilda’s College, Oxford

Anna Sykes, History, Queen’s College, Cambridge

Oliver Wratten, Economics, Churchill College, Cambridge