Harrogate Grammar School is celebrating a record nine offers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities to its sixth form students.
It is the highest number of Oxbridge offers in the school’s recent history and follows considerable disruption to schools caused by covid.
Headteacher Neil Renton said:
“We are incredibly proud of our students in securing offers at such world leading educational institutions.
“In the context of such difficult circumstances, students have shown resilience, independence and determination.”
“Much of their preparation and support took place remotely and this created different opportunities to support students in their application.”
The students participated in the school’s sixth form scholars’ programme, which helps to develop confidence, curiosity and independent thought to help succeed at top universities.
The programme includes presentations by academics, discussion groups, interview workshops, mock interview sessions and support for aptitude tests.
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Among those receiving offers are year 13 students Ruby Johnson and Lucy Bowman.
Lucy, who has an offer to study natural sciences at the Cambridge University, said:
“I can’t wait to start the next chapter of my life there. It has made all my hard work worth it and I finally have something special to look forward to at the end of these strange times.”
Ruby, who has received an offer to study philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University, said:
“I am very grateful to the school for the support they provided throughout the application process.”
The nine students that received offers from Oxbridge were for the following courses and colleges: mathematics at Downing College, Cambridge; natural sciences at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge; philosophy, politics and economics at St Peter’s College, Oxford; music at Keble College, Oxford; linguistics at Downing College, Cambridge; engineering at Emmanuel College, Cambridge; engineering at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge; psychology and behavioural sciences at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and geography at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.