In the middle of January, the college was delighted to find out that 6 Year 13 students had been offered places at Oxford and Cambridge universities. Oxford and Cambridge have been repeatedly ranked 1st and 2nd in the UK, and both are currently in the Top 10 universities in the world.
The 6 students are: Megan Bruton (English Literature, Oxford); Abdulrahman Mamman-Akaaba (Medicine, Oxford); Megan Scoltock (Law, Oxford); Tasnim Begum (Natural Sciences, Cambridge); Bridget Atkin (Geography, Cambridge) and Vishal Gupta (Maths, Cambridge).
Gaining their places was the culmination of over a year’s extra work by the students who were all part of OSFC’s Oxbridge Group. During that year, they have conducted intensive research into courses and colleges, attended weekly preparatory sessions, been on an overnight stay in Oxford, sat mock and real Entrance Exams, and been through practice and real interviews.
Richard Lee, Assistant Principal, and coordinator of the college’s work with High Achievers, was full of praise for the offer-holders: “We were thrilled with the offers that the students have received. They have all shown incredible dedication and fully deserve these amazing outcomes. We were really pleased that students have places in such a wide range of subjects too, which underlines the strength of the college across all curriculum areas.”
The students themselves are greatly looking forward to their university studies. For Bridget, it was the appeal of the “world leading research” in Geography at Cambridge that led her to apply, and Vishal is excited by their “rigorous and reputable” Maths course. Megan Bruton fell in love “with the city and the old buildings and architecture”, while Megan Scoltock cannot wait to study “at one of the best and most prestigious universities in the country and the world!”
They were full of praise for the college’s Oxbridge Group describing it as ‘invaluable’, a ‘huge help’ and ‘amazing’. The group sessions “helped to make the process of applying less scary and daunting”, while the “individual support each student has received has been phenomenal.”
And if other students are keen to follow in their footsteps, they have great advice and reassurance. The Number One piece of guidance from all the students was that “you really need to love the subject that you are applying for” and to be “100% certain and passionate” about your choice.
Abdul fully endorses making an application, as “you have nothing to lose and it’s a great experience” – a sentiment echoed by Tasnim who recommends that aspiring applicants “use all the support available from the Oxbridge Group and believe in yourself.”
Congratulations to the Oxbridge 6!