Oxbridge on the horizon for 17 students

The future is looking bright for 17 Cornish students who have received conditional places to study at the country’s most prestigious universities, Oxford and Cambridge.

The students from Truro and Penwith College are studying A Levels or the International Baccalaureate diploma and have received offers to read a diverse range of subjects, including Psychology, Modern and Medieval Languages, Biochemistry, Music, Linguistics, Geography, Biomedical Sciences and Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

The College celebrates consistently high numbers of students gaining places at both Oxbridge and The Russell Group universities each year. Comprehensive and specialised support is on offer for students wishing to apply to Oxford and Cambridge, which includes the Academic Academy, to stretch and challenge the most able students, and the Medics’ Academy, an additional dedicated programme to support those intending to study Medicine, which makes the most of the College’s close links with The Royal Cornwall Hospital, Peninsula Medical School and local GPs.

Andy Stittle, Quality Assurance Leader at Truro and Penwith College, said: “Congratulations to all our students who applied this year and I am sure, irrespective of outcome, all found it a valuable experience.

“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. The number of Oxbridge applicants nationally has been rising steady over the last few years and is now approaching 40,000, so for the College to be maintaining this number of offers is a great result. Our thanks go to all those involved.”

Truro and Penwith College Principal, David Walrond, praised all the successful Oxbridge applicants:

“These young people come from across the whole of Cornwall. They are excellent examples of what young people here can achieve when high aspirations are not simply encouraged, or applauded, but developed and built upon by specialist post-16 academic support and excellent teaching. I am genuinely delighted for them and their families and I wish them every success.”

Some of the students shared their thoughts on receiving their offers:

Max Harrison, previously from Redruth School, studies on the International Baccalaureate at Truro College and has an offer to study Education with English and Drama at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He said: “Doing the IB has been really good for me. It’s intense, but really worth it. The tutors are really helpful; you can ask them anything.”

Ben White, from Truro, who previously attended Richard Lander School, has an offer from Lincoln College, Oxford to study Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular. He is taking A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Chemistry. He said of his Oxford offer: “It feels like a dream, I expect someone to pinch me and wake me up. Truro College has been amazing. It’s been a life-changing experience.”

Anna Middlewick, from Stithians, formerly of Penair School, is taking the International Baccalaureate. She received an offer to study Education with English and Drama at Downing College, Cambridge. “It was so unexpected, after the interview I thought ‘I haven’t got this.’ The College were really useful, especially with the amount of people offering to give me practice interviews. I went with Education because I like working with people, and English and Drama I’m really passionate about. I was part of the Academic Academy which was fantastic for getting a little bit of knowledge about lots of different things.”

Kerenza Hurr, from Hayle and previously of Hayle Community School, has been offered a place to read Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford. “I’m excited to be studying Music at one of the top universities and grateful I had a personal tutor support my application by going through my personal statement and giving me mock interviews.”

Oxford and Cambridge offers made to Truro and Penwith College students are as follows:

University of Oxford

Hannah Healey (St Agnes) from Richard Lander School
Psychology at New College

Mia Parnall (Camborne) from Truro High
History of Art at Trinity Hall

Rozen Whitworth (St Agnes) from Richard Lander School
English and History at Wadham College

Lowenna Ovens (Truro) from Truro High
Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Merton College

Adam Proughten (Truro) from Penair School
Biomedical Sciences at St Hugh’s College

Jess Thomson (Helston) from Mullion School
Biological Sciences at St John’s College

Benjamin White (Truro) from Richard Lander School
Biochemistry at Lincoln College

Kerenza Hurr (Hayle) from Hayle Community School
Music at St Peters College

University of Cambridge

Anna Gowenlock (Truro) from Truro High
Linguistics at Magdalene College

Johannes Black (Penzance) from Mounts Bay Academy
English Literature at Clare College

Max Harrison (Redruth) from Redruth School
Education, English and Drama at Christ’s College

Matthew Walker (Redruth) from Pool Academy
Modern and Medieval Languages at King’s College

Anna Middlewick (Truro) from Penair School
English, Drama and Education at Downing College

Elynor Moore (Lostwithiel) from Bodmin College
Natural Sciences at Sidney College

Samuel Clark (Hayle) from St Ives School
Natural Sciences at Christ’s College

Noah Semonin (Truro) from Roseland Community College
Natural Sciences at Jesus College

Lucy Nicholls (Penzance) from Humphry Davy School
Geography at Girton College