We are thrilled that three of our Upper Sixth students have secured offers to further their education at Oxford or Cambridge.
Tabitha, Head Girl, earned an offer to study History at Worcester College, Oxford, making her the third Head Girl in a row to be offered an exclusive Oxbridge place. Isobel attained an offer from Brasenose College, Oxford to read French and Italian, and Jennifer has secured an offer from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, to study Veterinary Medicine.
The offers have come after a long period of hard work and preparation for all the girls: numerous personal statement drafts, references, work experience, interview preparation and not to mention the interviews themselves. This year we expanded the Oxbridge programme, working alongside other schools including Charterhouse and RGS to pool resources, skills and knowledge to assist the students in preparing for this life-changing moment. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a success for all of the Oxbridge applicants; the process is just so competitive that there will be disappointments along the way. However, we are confident that the extra work they have put in at this stage, and the qualities of tenacity and resilience that we foster in all Farnborough Hill pupils, will see them far as they pursue their other university applications to top tier universities such as Durham and St Andrews.
Isobel, Jennifer and Tabitha all spoke of the relief they felt when they received their offers; for Jennifer, especially, it was a goal six years in the making. She admitted, ‘I have been working towards this for so long, so I was incredibly emotional when I received my offer’. Tabitha said, ‘I really enjoyed the interview process, when I spent four and a half days in Oxford, surrounded by people who are as passionate about History as I am’. Isobel agreed, adding, ‘I felt the interview experience was really positive and I especially enjoyed conversing in French with native speakers as part of my assessment – it was a challenge, but a great one’.
We are incredibly proud of the girls’ achievements and look forward to the weeks ahead when offers from other universities start to come in.
Mr Craig McCready, Head of Sixth Form