Oxbridge bound for 21 Cornish students

A group of 21 Truro and Penwith College students are over-the-moon after learning they have been accepted for places at two of the world’s most prestigious universities, Oxford and Cambridge.

Each year many students gain places at Oxbridge and The Russell Group universities through the support and advice offered at Truro and Penwith College. Specialised support is available for students wishing to apply to Oxford and Cambridge and to other highly selective courses with entrance exams and interviews. This includes one-to-one tutor support, the Academic Academy, and the Medics’ Academy, which provides support to those intending to study Medicine.

The group of successful students come from across Cornwall and are looking to study a number of diverse subjects at Oxbridge including Modern and Medieval Languages, Mathematics, Physics, Experimental Psychology, English and Earth Sciences.

Penwith College student Horatio Halling has been offered a place at Oxford to study Philosophy, Politics and Ethics. Horatio is currently studying Economics, Mathematics and History and couldn’t believe when his offer came through, saying: “When I received an offer from Oxford I was surprised and elated. The staff at the College were very patient and supportive in helping me complete my application and personal statement and to prepare me for the interview. I did a number of drafts of my personal statement, which we discussed and refined and they arranged for two practise interviews which gave me a lot more confidence when it came to the real thing.”

Penwith College students Lamorna and Horatio

Gabriel Sturtridge from Callington has been offered a place at Cambridge University to study Modern and Medieval Languages. Currently studying A Levels in History, Spanish, German and Politics, Gabriel was thrilled with his choices, saying: “I chose Truro and Penwith College because it is one of the best colleges in the United Kingdom. I love the emphasis on self-motivated study and the flexibility.”

Rosie Smart-Knight from Penzance has been offered a place to read History at Cambridge. Rosie studies Drama, English Literature, Medieval History, Philosophy and is part of the Academic Academy at the College and found that the people and engaging teachers at College really made her College experience. “My advice for future students would definitely be to get involved with lots of the free extra opportunities available at the College.”

Anna Gilchrist from Fowey is hoping to go to Oxford to study Earth Sciences having completed her Maths, Chemistry and Physics A Levels, saying: “The College gave me good support for the Oxbridge applications and the teaching is really strong. I love the amount of free time and the fun people at the College.”

Former Richard Lander student and Truro local Zak Minett will be attending Cambridge to study Spanish and German ab initio after first taking a gap year to visit France, Spain, Greece and Germany. Studying French, English Language, Classical Civilisations and Spanish ab initio A Levels as well as the Academic Academy, Zak found the languages facilities at the College to be a huge impact on his choices, saying: “I chose to come to Truro and Penwith College because of the fantastic languages facilities, such as the language centre, as well as the wide selection of courses. You also get to meet people with a large range of interests.”

“The feeling that I, as a languages student, am learning something not just to pass an exam, but to have a skill for life, is the best part about College,” said Zak.

IB student Alice Emsden from Falmouth, has been offered a place to read English at Cambridge. When asked what she enjoys most about her course she replied “the challenge”, saying: “I like how varied it is and how supportive the IB group are of one another.”

“We are absolutely delighted with the success of our students in securing places across all subject disciplines. Nationally, the competition for places at Oxford and Cambridge is fierce, with a success rate of just over 20%.  It is therefore remarkable that, despite this intense competition, one third of all our Oxbridge applications received offers. This superb achievement requires the students applying to have commitment and tenacity; not only do they have to focus on their academic work but also undertake significant extra activity as part of the admissions process.  We congratulate all those who made an application this year,” said Angela Liversedge, Oxbridge and Academic Academy Lead at the College.

“Our thanks also go to all those involved in providing Oxbridge applicants with the extensive extra support including pre-application residential visits, visits from admission tutors and practice interviews from governors, staff and external experts. This takes place within the wider context of the college’s programme for university applications, described in our most recent inspection as ‘exceptional’.”