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Oxford and Cambridge offers flood in for MonmouthJanuary 25th, 2016
Twelve talented pupils from Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools have been offered the life-changing opportunity to study at Oxford and Cambridge universities.
Focus and determination have paid off for eight boys from Monmouth School and four girls from Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls, who are stepping up their revision to secure conditional offers from the world-renowned institutions.
The clever cohort have received offers to read subjects as varied as computer science, classics, chemistry, medicine and psychology.
HMSG pupil Cass, 18, has an offer from Oxford to study theology.
She said: “Receiving my offer felt like the culmination of years and years of hard work, as it has been my dream to go to Oxford ever since I knew what university was.
“Every day at school, and every piece of work, from prep school to sixth form has brought me one tiny step closer, so to open my letter and find it one of acceptance was the best feeling in the world.”
Monmouth boy Zac, 17, needs to achieve an A* and two As at A level to take up his offer from Oxford to read medicine.
He said: “Trying to speak sensibly to my tutor on the phone after he told me I had an offer was the hardest thing!
“Getting an offer from Oxford was in many ways acknowledgement of how hard I’ve worked and it means now that there’s a very real goal to work for. Knowing now that if I work hard enough I’ll have the opportunity to study medicine at the highest level with world-leading academics is something I’m still trying to get my head around.
“I’ll do everything I can to achieve the required grades – the incentive is so big that it would be foolish not to.”
Head Boy, 17-year-old Sam, has an offer to study maths at Oxford, on the condition he achieves two A*s and one A.
“I wasn’t feeling much pressure, “ he said, “until my girlfriend rang me to say that she’d received an offer from Oxford when I still hadn’t heard – then the pressure started to mount.
“So it was very lucky for me to have pulled it out of the bag when it mattered, and I’m extremely grateful to my teachers for allowing me the time to focus on my application.”
Stephanie, 18, has offers to read engineering from Cambridge and Imperial College, and hopes to become a civil engineer in the future.
Meanwhile, Ellena, 17, has an offer from Oxford to study psychology and philosophy.
Along with the Oxbridge success, the Schools have enjoyed a bumper year for Russell Group University offers.
Mrs Caroline Pascoe, Headmistress of HMSG, said: “It is impossible not to smile around our sixth formers at this pivotal moment in their lives.
“As offers from top universities flood in and their future paths come into view, their anticipation is positively palpable.
“More than 80% of the sixth formers currently have offers on the table from Russell Group Universities.
“With invaluable help from our dedicated staff, the girls have shown great focus and efficiency and researched their options widely and thoroughly.
“Their reward has been an avalanche of favourable and competitive offers, with four hopeful medics also receiving invitations to interviews.”
Dr Andrew Daniel, Headmaster of Monmouth School, added: “I am absolutely delighted with this year’s Oxford and Cambridge offers.
“Eight boys received offers for diverse and competitive subjects.
“One pupil, Rory, has been offered a place to study classics with a choral scholarship at Queens College, Oxford.
“I couldn’t be happier for him – what an incredible achievement.
“I would like to congratulate these talented and dedicated boys and thank the inspirational teachers at Monmouth School who helped them get closer to fulfilling their dreams.”