Budding Harrogate scientist has sights set on Oxford

Sarah Littlejohn has an offer from Worcester College, Oxford, where she hopes to read Physics. (S)

Sarah Littlejohn has an offer from Worcester College, Oxford, where she hopes to read Physics. (S)

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The University of Oxford has offered a Rossett School sixth former a place to study.

Sarah Littlejohn, who has her sights set on a top career in science, hopes to read physics at Worcester College as an undergraduate before going on to the new Masters degree in mathematical and theoretical physics.

Sarah, who has already completed AS levels in maths, further maths, physics, and chemistry, is now working hard for her A2 exams this summer.

“I’d always liked the idea of going to Oxford and I’m grateful to my fantastic teachers at Rossett, and my friends, for encouraging me to apply,” she said.

Preparing hard, with tests, mock interviews, and visits, Sarah stayed at Worcester College and had three interviews over three days.

Despite being the only female student in her physics class, Sarah said her classmates and teachers have given her the confidence to pursue her dream.

She said: “The idea of being the only girl in a physics class could seem a bit daunting, but girls should not be dissuaded from taking science as all of the boys have been very supportive - we are all equals in the class.”

Rossett’s head of science Chas Oldfield said: “The Oxbridge application process can be quite daunting, but Sarah has taken it all in her stride and I would expect no less from her.

“She’s a fantastic student who has worked hard and deserves to do well in her exams this year. I have no doubt she will be taking up her place at Oxford this September and will have a very successful career ahead of her.”