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Linguists lead the way with Oxbridge offers

Linguists lead the way with Oxbridge offers

Oxford and Cambridge universities have recently revealed which students they are offering places to for their degree courses starting this autumn. Blackpool Sixth is delighted by the news that seven of our students and former students are amongst those selected by these world-leading universities.

This year two students have been offered Oxbridge places to read French. Grace Robinson, formerly of Hodgson Academy, completed her A levels in the summer and will study at Clare College, Cambridge. Upper Sixth student, Grace Cook, a former Kirkham Grammar School pupil, has an offer from New College, Oxford.

Amy Hughes, a former Montgomery High School student, has an offer of a place from Jesus College, Cambridge to read education and English. Amy will be the first member of her family to go to university and intends to become a teacher after her degree.

Both Conor Jones and Ian Hathaway have been successful in securing offers for science and maths subjects at Oxbridge. Conor, a former Baines School pupil, has an offer to read medicine at Balliol College, Oxford. Ian, a former Unity Academy pupil, has an offer of a place to read mathematics at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

Conor Jones

Conor Jones

Oxbridge offer students January 2016

L to R: Ian Hathaway, Grace Cook, Amy Hughes and Grace Robinson

Lottie Candy and Jack Burrell who both completed their A levels last year and are now on ‘gap years’ have also found out that they will progress to Oxbridge studies. Lottie, a former AKS student will read fine art at St. Edmund’s Hall, Oxford and Jack will read Law at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

All seven 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. Amy said, “My teachers have been really helpful. They’ve given me mock interviews and have guided me with research. They all really got involved and were delighted when the offer came through.”

The students cite Oxbridge’s world-wide reputation for academic excellence and the motivation of aiming as high as possible with their university choices as the main reasons why they applied to these universities. Grace Cook commented, “I wanted to be pulled out of my comfort zone and really challenge myself to see what I could do.”

The students received input from former Blackpool Sixth students who are now at Oxford or Cambridge early in their time at college and this has influenced their thinking about the universities. Conor said, “The talks we had from Cambridge students were really useful and definitely made me think about applying.”

They are all now looking forward to the prospect of spending three or four years studying in these world famous university cities. Ian is eagerly anticipating “the chance to study with some of the top maths students in the country.” For Grace Robinson, much of the excitement comes from the “opportunity to meet lots of different and interesting people.”