Students Celebrate Oxbridge Offers
Four of our Upper Sixth Formers have secured offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge universities.
Sixth Formers Grace Bowland, Rebecca Heath, Clifford Robinson and Edward Salkield are celebrating after securing offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge universities. This is an exceptional achievement for the four students, who have successfully balanced academic studies and extra-curricular commitments to meet the rigorous entry requirements for two of the world’s leading universities.
A career in law beckons for Grace, 17, who has been offered a place to study the subject at Mansfield College, Oxford. Having already completed AS Levels in both Chemistry and Creative Writing, she is now concentrating on A Levels in Biology, English Literature and Maths. She says: “I'm really glad I was offered a place at Mansfield; it's small and friendly, the buildings are beautiful, and there's even a college cat! I'm looking forward to being surrounded by people who are really interested in the law; I'll learn a lot from their opinions."
Fellow 17-year-old Edward has also secured the offer of a place at Oxford, to read Computer Science at St Catherine’s College. As well as taking A Levels in Chemistry, Further Maths and Physics (having completed his Maths A Level last year), Edward has a keen interest in debating. Last summer he was a member of the Kimbolton team that represented East Anglia in the national final of the European Youth Parliament competition in Liverpool. Edward was then invited to attend an international session in Estonia, after impressing the judges with his skills discussing issues facing Europe including the refugee crisis, climate change, and energy security.
Rebecca, 18, who is taking A Levels in Economics, Further Maths and Physics - and who has also already completed an A Level in Mathematics - was successful in her application to read Economics at King's College, Cambridge. She regularly represents Kimbolton at maths and economics events, and was recently highly commended in the 2015 Royal Economics Society Young Economist of the Year competition. She says: “King’s has a long tradition in economics, and has been home to many great economists, including John Maynard Keynes. While I was nervous waiting for my interview alongside other candidates, I actually really enjoyed it as it provided an incredible opportunity to talk about my subject with world experts.”
Meanwhile Clifford, 18, has his sights set on studying Natural Sciences at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He is currently taking A Levels in Chemistry, Further Maths and Physics, having completed his Maths A Level at the end of the Lower Sixth Form. Last year, he also scooped a sought-after gold award in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. He reflects: “I found the admissions process less daunting than I thought it would be, although I was still quite nervous. I received a lot of help from the School, particularly in interview preparation, which was very useful.”
Mrs Alison Bates, Head of Careers, said: “With such tough competition for Oxbridge places, this is a fantastic achievement for Grace, Edward, Rebecca and Clifford. Applications for all universities for September 2016 have now closed; so far, well over 90% of applications have resulted in university offers.”