Oxbridge success!

We’re thrilled to report that Tristan van Laar has been offered a place to study Biological Sciences at St Hilda’s College, Oxford (Choral Scholarship), Matthew Walters to study Classics at Homerton College, Cambridge (Organ Scholarship), and Olii Neilson to study Earth Sciences at St Anne’s College, Oxford

Matthew Walters, Tristan van Laar and Olii Neilson hope to take up Oxbridge places later in 2018

Matthew Walters, Tristan van Laar and Olii Neilson hope to take up Oxbridge places later in 2018

They, along with a number of our Sixth Form pupils, undertook an academic enrichment programme, receiving tailored support and guidance, to extend and develop them in pursuit of their desired Universities.  It was extremely encouraging that eleven of our pupils were interviewed at Oxford and Cambridge.  All returned to the School feeling upbeat and glad to have pushed themselves to take part in the process.

Acting Head Master, Andrew Hobbs, said of the experience: “All pupils have been very positive about how they have developed as a result of the programme they undertook in preparation. They’ve all undoubtedly benefited a great deal from it and it will be worth following their ongoing progress. It’s not unlike sending a team to the Olympics. Some of the team but not all gain medals, but everyone gains from the experience…It’s been a terrific team effort, involving pupils and staff”. 

A number of senior pupils have taken part in an academic enrichment programme to develop their interview technique.

A number of senior pupils have taken part in an academic enrichment programme to develop their interview technique.

To learn more about the university entrance process, and life for pupils aged 16+, click here for Sixth Form at Downside.

If you would like the opportunity to speak to our current pupils and staff about the Downside experience, come to our next Open Day, on Saturday 10th March. Email our registrar, Issy Hartnell, or call 01761 235100 to book your place.

[PRESS: click here to access the press release]