The Sixth Form at Christ the King College is celebrating this week as a record-breaking number of university applicants have been successful in securing offers from elite UK universities.

7 Christ the King College applicants have achieved offers from Oxford or Cambridge. They include Edward Clark (Economics and Management at Oxford); Ben Sanderson (Classics at Oxford); Ben Holdsworth (Biology at Oxford; Katie Hessey (Medicine at Oxford); Sophie Westhorpe (Psychology and Linguistics at Oxford); Lauren McLaughlin (Classics at Cambridge) and Dominika Baerova (Classics at Cambridge).

Roughly 60 Christ the King College students applied to university this year, so those with offers from ‘Oxbridge’ represent 11.6% of their applicants. To have 7 successful applicants from such a small cohort of students is both significant and exciting for the college. Furthermore, the regions of Southampton and Portsmouth are listed as among the places in the country where particularly few students from mainstream schools achieve places at either of these universities.

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The Head of Sixth Form Hayley Conway-Hughes says:

“It is wonderful to be celebrating the success of these students today and indeed the close of the UCAS cycle for 2020. We had many very high quality applicants this year and it is extremely exciting to see so many getting the offers they rightly deserve. Often people have the impression that high quality education can only be found off the Island; again I hope this serves to reassure our
community that we do have top quality provision on the Isle of Wight. There is clear proof of that right here at Christ the King.”

The students are to be especially congratulated as the application process for entry to Oxford or Cambridge is extremely rigorous. It includes not only the application, but often the submission of additional materials. Most courses require the candidate to undertake an admissions test and others require the submission of essays or research tasks. GCSE grades are scrutinised and shortlisted students have to attend multiple interviews, often over 3 days, at the University’s site.

The quality of information advice and guidance the students receive is of paramount importance to their chances of success. The Sixth Form team at Christ the King College is extremely experienced and skilled in this area. The college also acts as ‘HUB School’ for Oxbridge outreach work where students from across the Island are invited to information events across the year. All of the hard work has paid off for these seven and they have rightly been celebrating with friends and family.

Edward Clark (Economics and Marketing at Oxford) says:

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“It was a really challenging process and it was a privilege to even be considered. To be successful is amazing and I can’t wait to start the course. Everyone who applied from Christ the King deserved a place, unfortunately, competition is fierce and anyone who didn’t quite make it should still be very proud.”

Sophie Westhorpe (Psychology & Linguistics at Oxford) adds:

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the years, both at primary school and those at Christ the King. Teachers consistently go above and beyond what they are paid to do and I am very grateful”.

Head of School, Nora Ward, says:

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“I continue to be inspired by the exceptional students here at Christ the King, and am grateful to them and their families for the dedication they have given to their studies. I believe that our students are successful for a number of reasons- here at Christ the King we aspire to excellence, both inside the classroom and out. The students celebrated with these offers are well rounded leaders in a number of areas and have taken opportunities to develop their talents.”

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