Five Students from OPGS have been offered places at Oxbridge.

Five students from OPGS have been offered places at Oxford and Cambridge this year. The achievement of the five Sixth Formers is particularly remarkable considering the record number of applications nationally this year to the two elite universities. UCAS reported that there was a 7% rise in applications from England this year. The rise was partly caused by the reduction in the number of AS examinations taken at the end of Year 12, which were traditionally used as an indicator of students’ chances for success in their application.

Cambridge introduced pre-admission testing to respond to the removal of AS levels.

Oakwood Park’s five successful students had to take a test, submit written work and attend interviews at the colleges to which they had applied.

The two students with places at Oxford University are Bruno Robinson who has a place to study Maths at Wadham College and Alexander Wainwright who has a place to study Engineering at St Catherine’s College. Cambridge offered a place to study English to Ailsa Burnham at Downing College, a place for Law to Isabelle Pym at Selwyn College and a place to Oli Sampson for History and Politics at Homerton College.

Ms A Hern, Director of Sixth Form Studies at OPGS said ‘I am delighted for the students who are fantastic young people. Our staff have enjoyed giving them mock interviews and marking their practice tests. It is testimony to the strength of our Sixth Form that we have so many different subjects represented in these offers.’

Now the hard work begins as students strive to achieve the high grades expected from them if they are to take up their places in September.