Record offers for sixth form

Harrogate Grammar School Sixth Form is celebrating a record nine offers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities to its students.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 10:48 am

Staff declared this as an achievement in the challenging times students have experienced due to the coronovirus lockdowns.

Headteacher Neil Renton said: “We are incredibly proud of our students in securing offers at such world leading educational institutions.

“In the context of such difficult circumstances, students have shown resilience, independence and determination.”

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He added: “Much of their preparation and support took place remotely and this created different opportunities to support students in their application.

“Such fantastic offers, over a range of courses are a real testament not only to the hard work and determination of students, but also their families and teachers over many years.”

The students were helped to prepare through the Sixth Form’s Scholars’ Programme which helps students develop the confidence, curiosity and independent thought to thrive at top universities.

The Programme includes presentations by academics, discussion groups, interview workshops, mock interview sessions and support for any aptitude tests.

Director of Sixth Form Ben Twitchin said: “Students at our Sixth Form benefit from outstanding teaching and exceptional individual support to help all students towards excellence.

“This fantastic achievement is a reflection of their commitment and dedication and will act as an inspiration to future students.”

Year 13 student Ruby Johnson said: “I am so thrilled to have received an offer to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford and I am very grateful to school for the support they provided throughout the application process.”

Year 13 student, Lucy Bowman said: “I am so excited to have received an offer to study Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and I can’t wait to start the next chapter of my life there.

“It has made all my hard work worth it and I finally have something special to look forward to at the end of these strange times.”

Nine students have received offers from Oxbridge studying the following courses: Mathematics at Downing College, Cambridge; Natural Sciences at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge; Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Peter’s College, Oxford; Music at Keble College, Oxford; Linguistics at Downing College, Cambridge; Engineering at Emmanuel College, Cambridge; Engineering at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge; Psychology & Behavioural Sciences at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and Geography at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.