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Historians lead the way in top university offers

Historians lead the way in top university offers

The world’s leading universities have recently revealed which students they are offering places to for their degree courses starting this autumn. Blackpool Sixth Humanities department is delighted by the news that four of our students are amongst those selected by these world-leading universities to study history related courses.

This year two students have been offered places at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge. Ethan Lees, formally of Baines High School, has been offered a place to read Archaeology and Tara Choudhury, a former Millfield pupil has an offer to read History and Politics.  Tara commented, ‘I am very grateful for all the support and assistance I’ve received from my subject teachers and I am very excited to be studying my dream course. I have been working towards this for a very long time and I’m so happy to see it seems to have started to pay off, but the hard work it still to come’. 

Furthermore Jack Webster, a former St George’s School student, has an offer of a place at Regent’s Park College, Oxford to read Ancient and Modern History.

Further success was seen in Keiran Mitchell’s success of being offered a place at Yale to read History, Ethics, Politics and Economics. All those who want to study in America will find help at Fulbright Commission. 

All four students went through an intensive and challenging selection process for their places including formal interviews and in some cases additional exams. They received extensive support from Blackpool Sixth staff to help prepare them for these rigorous admissions processes and the students are all very grateful for the extra help they have received. 

Ethan commented ‘The college was a great help with constant support on how to structure my personal statement. I’m really glad that the sixth form provided many opportunities, not just to fill up my personal statement, but to gain the confidence and independence required to excel at Cambridge. Whether it was delivering a presentation on the pharaohs of Egypt, visiting the Tower of London or passing resolutions at the mock United Nations, there is always something at the sixth form to look forward to. When preparing for the Interview, I had to go above reading guidelines and revising what I knew from my subjects. I had to actively apply my skills to build and present ideas and theories. ​The fantastic teachers at the sixth form really pushed me to be passionate about my subjects not just in lessons but at home.

Above (L-R) Ethan Lees, Tara Choudhury and Jack Webster.