Record number of Saffron Walden County High School pupils offered Oxbridge places

PUBLISHED: 08:57 01 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:03 01 February 2017

Saffron Walden County High School pupils who have achieved a place at Oxford or Cambridge. Pic: SAFFRON PHOTO

Saffron Walden County High School pupils who have achieved a place at Oxford or Cambridge. Pic: SAFFRON PHOTO


Fifteen sixth-formers from Saffron Walden County High School have received offers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Thirty students went for interview and half of them were offered a place. This has been described as “a record breaking haul” for the school.

Nationally (and internationally) for every five people who apply to Oxford or Cambridge only one will get a place. However, as the County High sent 30 students for interview and half of them were offered places, the school reports its own success rate as one in two. Two other students, Lorna Wright and Harriet Warr have both received offers to study medicine at Hull and York. The number of students getting early offers of places at university is another record for the school

A school spokesman said: “Whereas the chances of getting an Oxbridge place are one in five, our 15 places out of 30 applicants, places SWCHS students much more favourably with one in two interviewees successfully receiving offers.

“Equally pleasing is the diversity of subjects the students have places to study. They range from archaeology to philosophy and pyschology reflecting the excellent diet of teaching students receive at school.”

“This success at Oxbridge has also been reflected across the year group. Over 100 students have received four or five offers for university next year.”

The successful Oxbridge students, who celebrated on Tuesday with a lunch at the school with the head, Caroline Derbyshire, are: Edward Benfold, philosophy and psychology, Oxford, James Burns, history, Oxford, Sam Clements, history, Cambridge, Owen Eddershaw, economics and management, Oxford, Liam Goddard, maths, Cambridge, Nina Haket, linguistics, Cambridge, Natalie Johnson, biological sciences, Oxford, Daniel Lee, maths at Cambridge, Caitrona Quigley, classics, Oxford, Rebecca Sowerby, archaeology, Cambridge, Phoebe Tealby-Watson, classics, Oxford, Alex Thomas, land economy, Cambridge, Alex Williams, engineering, Cambridge, Ben Willstead, classics, Cambridge, Beth Wiseman, biological sciences, Oxford.

Headteacher Caroline Derbyshire, said: “We are delighted that a record number of Oxbridge offers have been received. We are thrilled for them.

“It is well-deserved recognition of their hard work and outstanding predicted performance.

“It also is testament to the efforts of our fantastic sixth form team who have supported the students throughout the process.”

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