Students Celebrate Oxbridge Offers
Four of our Sixth Formers have been offered places to study at two of the world’s most prestigious universities.
Sixth Formers James Burdock, Charlotte Carpenter-Platt, Bethany Heath and Hannah Szczepanski are celebrating after securing Oxbridge offers. 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 medical research beckons for Bethany, 18, who has been offered a place to study Natural Sciences at Pembroke College, Cambridge. She is taking A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Further Maths, having completed her Maths A Level at the end of the Lower Sixth Form. Last year, she scooped a Certificate of Distinction in the Maths Olympiad for Girls. She says: “In the future I would love to be involved in medical research to find cures for some of the world’s major diseases. I believe a Natural Science degree from Cambridge will be a strong foundation for an epidemiology career, followed by further studies at Masters and PhD level.”
Fellow 17-year-old Charlotte has also secured the offer of a place at Cambridge to read Natural Sciences, at Trinity College. As well as taking A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, Charlotte has a keen interest in sport, playing golf at county level, and representing the School in 1st team hockey, netball and rounders fixtures. She adds: “I’m excited to meet more people who will challenge my way of thinking and help me to develop academically and personally. The flexible nature of the Natural Sciences course is suits my style of learning: I like to follow my interests as they develop and the broad number of modules offered at Cambridge will allow me to do this.”
James 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 his application to read Maths at Churchill College, Cambridge. As well as being School Football Captain, he is also Head of the RAF Section of our Combined Cadet Force. They recently won the Air Squadron Trophy Eastern Region Competition at RAF Cranwell and will be competing at the National Finals in March. He says: “My tutors are doing everything possible to support my application to Cambridge and I really feel I’ve had a worthwhile seven years at Kimbolton. I’ve enjoyed the extra-curricular activities too – and I think that being able to talk about these during my interview helped me to stand out from other candidates.”
Meanwhile Hannah, 17, has set her sights on studying Law at Wadham College, Oxford. She is taking A Levels in English Literature, History and Politics – and recently led her Young Enterprise team to a trio of awards at the District Finals, including the prestigious ‘Company of the Year’. She says: “I loved the interview process. The atmosphere was so friendly and relaxed, as were the tutors and all of the other applicants I met. I’m excited to start this particular law course as it focuses on so many aspects of legislation, including why it is so, whether it should be so, and how it might be different.”
Mrs Alison Bates, Kimbolton School Head of Careers, said: “With such tough competition for Oxbridge places, this is a fantastic achievement for Bethany, Charlotte, James and Hannah. Applications for all universities for September 2017 have now closed; so far, well over 90% of our students’ applications have resulted in university offers.”