Another bumper year as PGS pupils achieve places to study at Oxford and Cambridge universities.

The Portsmouth Grammar School celebrates its best results for five years as good news is received by fourteen pupils who applied for places at Oxford and Cambridge.

Candidates have been successful right across the range of subjects – from Theology to Music, Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Medicine.  They will take up their places in September.

“The selection process to these universities is very challenging and it’s particularly pleasing to see numbers of PGS pupils being offered places rising steadily year on year.  All of these pupils, along with their colleagues in Year 13 are working incredibly hard to achieve their university places of choice and I am very proud of them all,” said James Priory, Headmaster.

Amongst the Oxbridge hopefuls from PGS is Emsworth-based sailor Jemima Lawson.  Jemima is the current 420 British National Champion and has recently started training with the RYA Podium Potential Squad.  “I was so thrilled to get the offer from Cambridge, though the hard work now really starts to ensure I get the grades they’ve asked for,” said Jemima.  “It is definitely a challenge to balance my sailing, which I love, with studying and it’s been great that my family and everyone at school is so supportive to help me achieve my ambitions.”   Jemima has been offered a place at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge to study Medicine.

Phoebe Pexton, whose amazing performance of Reinecke’s Flute Concerto with the London Mozart Players at the Remembrance Concert in November has been offered a place to continue her musical studies at Oxford along with William Wallace who left The Portsmouth Grammar School last year and is currently an Organ Scholar at Canterbury Cathedral.

Four of this year’s successful pupils have been at The Portsmouth Grammar School since Junior School, including Oliver Brown who joined in Reception Year.  “I am really excited to have been offered a place at Cambridge,” says Oliver. “Going away to university, is definitely going to be a big change, but I can’t wait!”  Oliver, who is Captain of the 1st XV rugby team, has been offered a place at Jesus College, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences.

Meanwhile all members of Year 13 are receiving very encouraging news from their universities of choice, before beginning the next stages of their educational journeys in the Autumn.

Full list of successful candidates:

Oliver Brown, Natural Sciences, Jesus College, Cambridge

Nathaniel Charles, Theology, Mansfield College, Oxford

Samuel Gardener, Engineering, St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Alexander Harding, Natural Sciences, Clare College, Cambridge

Philip Horton, Natural Sciences, Girton College, Cambridge

Charlotte Kent, English & Italian, Somerville College,Oxford

Rhiannon Lasrado, Modern and Medieval Languages, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge

Jemima Lawson, Medicine, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge

Gemma Liu, Economics, Newnham College, Cambridge

Phoebe Pexton, Music, Merton College, Oxford

Cameron Roberts, Engineering, Homerton College, Cambridge

Lara Spirit, Human, Social and Political Science, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

William Wallace, Music, Christ Church College, Oxford

Dominic Waters, Human, Social and Political Science, Robinson College, Cambridge