‘Oxbridge’ Application Successes 2017!

Congratulations to Grosvenor pupils Michael Culbert, Cameron Hamilton and Jacob Stanex, all Year Fourteen, each of whom have received conditional offers to pursue their tertiary education at either Oxford or Cambridge University from September 2017.

For all three students the application process began during the summer and into September of 2016, with extensive additional reading required in order to compose their personal statements for the middle of October. Following this each of the School’s talented triumvirate were required to carry out a number of different, but equally demanding, tasks in order to attain their well-deserved offers:

In Michael’s case he has been offered the chance to study Biological Sciences at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. As part of the application process he was required to attend two interviews, one at St. Hugh’s College which was conducted by two researchers and featured a number of graphs which he was required to explain, and the other at St. John’s College, where he stayed for three nights and got the chance to meet a number of his rival applicants whilst acclimatising to the university lifestyle. At the culmination of the process Michael was delighted to receive an offer which will require him to achieve A*AA or better in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics in this summer’s A2 examinations.

Cameron, meanwhile, has been given the opportunity to study Engineering at Trinity College, Cambridge, after submitting his UCAS application and then sitting the Cambridge-set ‘Engineering Admissions Assessment’ in School at the beginning of November, before finally attending an interview day in Cambridge on 7th December; this saw him sit a one hour examination as well as attend two interviews, each of which were approximately thirty minutes in duration. Following this grueling selection process Cameron was the happy recipient of an offer which is dependent on him achieving at least A*AA in his A2 examinations.

Last but not least, Jacob’s offer to study Medicine at Trinity College, Oxford, came after sitting the demanding BMAT entrance examination followed by two interviews each at Magdalen and Trinity Colleges, the first focusing on ethics and the latter being more scientifically based. As with Michael and Cameron, Jacob’s offer is also reliant on him attaining A*AA or better (including Chemistry or one other Science) in his A2 examinations this summer. 

Well done to all three pupils who now have the ultimate motivation heading into the final few months of their A Level studies. In addition credit is due to Grosvenor teacher Ms Gillian Rea, who has coordinated the Oxbridge application process within the school this year, as well as the various members of the Careers department who assisted the successful trio in the writing of their application forms and in preparation for their interviews.

Well done to Michael, Cameron and Jacob on their incredible achievements and all at Grosvenor now wish them the best of luck as they continue their A2 studies over the coming months.

Left to right: Cameron Hamilton, Michael Culbert and Jacob Stanex, pictured alongside Dr. Vasey, each of whom have received conditional offers to study at either Oxford or Cambridge University from September 2017.