20 Truro and Penwith College students set their sights for Oxbridge

A group of 20 College students are over-the-moon this week after learning they have been accepted for places at two of the world’s most prestigious universities, Oxford and Cambridge.

A group of 20 College students are over-the-moon this week after learning they have been accepted for places at two of the world’s most prestigious universities, Oxford and Cambridge.

The students, who are studying on a range of courses at Truro and Penwith College, have helped the College achieve one of its highest ever numbers of students gaining offers from the two Universities.

“The competition for places at Oxford and Cambridge continues to increase with a success rate of just over 20%,” said Andy Stittle, a member of the College’s Senior Management Team at Truro and Penwith College, “so it is fantastic to see nearly one third of all our Oxbridge applications receiving offers.”

He continued: “Making an application requires not only a focus on their academic work but also significant additional activity and we would congratulate all those whom made an application. We start the Oxbridge support as soon as students arrive at College with specialist support tutors, pre-application residential visits, visits from admission tutors and practice interviews from our Governors, staff and external experts. Our thanks go to all those involved.”

The group of students come from across Cornwall, and are looking to study a number of diverse subjects at Oxbridge, including Psychology, Medicine, Spanish and Linguistics, Development and Education, Natural Sciences and Computer Science.

Morwenna Tamlyn from St Austell, who previously attended Penrice Academy, has been offered a place at Oxford to study Medicine. She says: ‘I knew that I wanted to study Medicine for a while, and have been working towards it since school. The Medics Academy was really useful and prepared me well for the interview and application process. I don’t think I would have done nearly as well if it wasn’t for them’.

Owen Winter from Wadebridge, who previously studied at Wadebridge School, has been offered a place at Oxford to study Politics and History. Owen says: ‘I hadn’t considered Oxford, but then got my AS results and thought I would give it a try. The College has been really supportive, my tutor really helped me with my personal statement and admission tests. He made the whole process a lot less daunting’.

Billie Powell from St. Austell is hoping to study Psychology at Brasenose College in Cambridge, and says: ‘I only realised that I had a real passion for psychology when I began my IB Diploma. I’m hoping to go into criminology or forensic science afterwards.’

Languages enthusiast Bailey Sage from St. Austell has been offered a place to study Spanish and Linguistics at Oxford. She says: ‘I have always loved Spanish, but have realised I love languages as well since studying at college. My Spanish teacher at Truro has been really helpful and gave me loads of extra sessions. The principal was my interviewer when it came to practising for Oxford – that was scary, but very helpful’.

Laura Morse from Truro, who has been offered a place to study Natural Sciences and Biology at Cambridge, says: ‘My family were crying when they heard I’d got the offer from Cambridge. I’d like to go into science research, lab work. The College was really supportive. There’s a great support network.’

Penwith College students include Oliver Nixon, who has a place to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics and Ben George who will study Medicine.

Ben said: “I would have been pleased to have received an offer for Med school from any university but from Oxford is amazing. I have a real passion for science and think that medicine is the perfect vocational application of the subject.”

Ben has already saved one life. Discovering a student collapsed on the pavement close to the College, he put her in recovery position, dialled 999, made sure that someone was with her and sprinted up to college with her ID card so that her parents’ details could be found and contacted to let them know their daughter was ill.

Claire, the receptionist at the College said: “It is wonderful to see such a diligent, caring student putting into practice the training he has already had through the Medics Academy. I am certain that Ben will make a great doctor as not only does he have the academic ability but also a natural empathy.”

Oliver said: “After attending an open day at Oxford with my family I  knew that I wanted to go there to study. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study at University at first. At A level I was doing Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics in my first year. One day, in the library I picked up an Economics book and started reading. I was hooked. In my second year I picked up Economics  A level and am looking forward to studying it further at university along with Politics and Philosophy.”


University of Oxford

Bailey Sage (St Austell), from Penrice Academy

Spanish and Linguistics at Merton College

Sam Edwards

History at Keeble College

Molly Buckland (Redruth), from Redruth School

Psychology at Brasenose College

Owen Winter (Wadebridge), Wadebridge School

Politics/History at Jesus College

Morwenna Tamblyn (St Austell), from Penrice Academy

Medicine at Merton College

Amber Cowans (St. Ives), from St. Ives School

Biological Sciences, St Hugh’s College

Damien Watson (Penryn), from Penryn College

Physics at St John’s College

Bethany Sheppard (Hayle), from Hayle Community College

Physics at Exeter College

Junayed Ahmed (Truro), from Penair School

Chemistry at Worchester College

Ben George (Penzance), from Mounts Bay College

Medicine at Corpus Christi College

Oliver Nixon (Penzance), Bolitho

PPE at Magdalen College


University of Cambridge

Curran Snell (St Austell), from Penrice Academy

History at Downing College

Felicity Freeborn (Truro), Penair College

Linguistics at Homerton College

Sam Arnold-Parra (St, Austell), Penrice College

History & Politics and Pembroke College

Martha Gillberg (Truro)

Development and Education at Homerton

Billie Powell (St. Austell), Penrice Academy

Psychology at Brasenose

Thomas Crawley (Helston), Helston Community College

Computer Science at King’s

Kieron Turk (Bodmin), Penrice Academy

Computing and Maths at Gonville and Caius

Lauren Morse (Truro), Roseland Community College

Natural Sciences and Biology at Murray Edwards

Elliot Wade (Penzance), Humphry Davy School

Philosophy at Pembroke College