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Oxbridge Record Continues to be Broken

Posted on 24th January 2018

This year's successful applicants

A record number of Hereford Sixth Form College students, 21 in all, have just received offers of places to study at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. This means that 38% of the College’s 57 applicants received offers, in line with the College’s ten year average but well in excess of the national offer rate of less than 20%.


The following students have been offered places at the University of Oxford:

Grace Anthony (Chase High School, Malvern) – Medicine  – Lady Margaret Hall

Thomas Edgeworth (Monmouth Comprehensive School) – Chemistry – St Edmunds Hall

Stella Farmer (Church Stretton School) – Earth Sciences – Worcester

Izzy Goodridge (Gwernyfed High School, Brecon) – Biochemistry – Merton

Joe Harper (Wigmore School) – Psychology – Christchurch

Adam Hill (King Henry VIII Comprehensive School, Abergavenny) – History/Politics – Jesus

Josh Lee (St Mary’s RC High School) – Law – New

Tom Morris (Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School) – Mathematics – Mansfield

Nemone Richards (Wigmore School) – Spanish and Philosophy – Hertford

Will Roberts (St Mary’s RC High School) – Medicine – St Peter’s

Deia Russell-Smith (Steiner Academy) – English/History – Regent’s Park Hall

Aine Smith (Crickhowell High School) – Music – Merton

Jasmine Stanley (St Mary’s RC High School)  - Mathematics – Lady Margaret Hall


The following students have been offered places at the University of Cambridge:

Georgie Archer (Fairfield High School) – Languages – Trinity

Rob Knight (Wigmore School) – Natural Sciences – St Catharine’s

Tallula Kontic-Thomsen (The King’s School, Worcester) – Medicine – Emmanuel

Harry Langford (Ludlow CofE School) – Natural Sciences – Gonville & Caius

James Milburn (Ludlow CofE School) – Mathematics – Corpus Christi

Harys Page (Earl Mortimer College) – Mathematics – Open

Mark Pepper (Church Stretton School) – Mathematics – St John’s

Joe Xia (Chase High School, Malvern) – Mathematics – St Catharine’s


Commenting on this success, Principal Peter Cooper said:

I am absolutely delighted that our success has been continued and extended. This is a tribute first and foremost to our students for their ambition in applying to the most competitive universities, for their tenacity in negotiating the application process and successfully demonstrating their academic potential.

Our students are encouraged to be aspirational both by our staff and by the universities themselves; and of course parents and guardians also play a key role.

 Our link colleges at Oxford and Cambridge run outreach programmes including subject specific study days and summer schools; and Hereford Sixth Form College is the regional hub for Cambridge’s “HE+” programme of extension lessons in Hereford and master classes with Cambridge academics.

As well as academic preparation, our staff provide additional practical guidance to students in their choice of course, making their applications and preparation for entrance tests and interviews. The subjects for which our students have been offered places range from Music to Biochemistry and Medicine to Law; of particular note this year are the six students receiving offers to read Mathematics.

Of our early applicants who did not receive Oxbridge offers, all have however already been offered places at other leading universities including Imperial, Warwick, Bristol and Birmingham”.

Georgie Archer will be reading Languages at Trinity College, Cambridge and said, “I’m proud of what I have achieved and I look forward to pursuing my passion for languages at one of the best universities possible. The support from Hereford Sixth Form College, as well as the capacity to personalise and expand my studies has been exceptional. I’m grateful for all of the support received throughout the process – I wouldn’t have had the confidence to even apply without it.