Five Oxbridge offers for Exeter School

Exeter School
Authored by Exeter School
Posted Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 11:13am

Exeter School is pleased to complete this year's Oxbridge admissions process with the announcement that five pupils have been offered places

This year's selection of candidates includes two head boys - current and former - and the deputy head boy.

Former Head Boy Ben Harvey has an unconditional place to study Natural Science at Queens' College Cambridge.

He said he was delighted with his place and was very grateful to all the staff who have supported him through his A Levels and after he finished school.

"They were always willing to give up their time to give advice and I am sure this, along with all the opportunities I had at Exeter School, made a difference to my application," said Ben.

Head Boy Ed O'Connor has an offer to study Music at Gonville & Caius, Cambridge.

He said he was very excited this offer. "Studying Music at Cambridge has been my dream for a while now.  I'd like to thank the school's Oxbridge team and the Music department for providing invaluable assistance with the application process. Practice interviews and weekly sessions were also particularly useful in preparation for the interviews."

Redmond Coleman is delighted to have an offer to study Earth Sciences at Oxford University.

"The subject appeals to me due to its broad scientific basis and wide-ranging opportunities for practical field work. The school's wide range of extra-curricular activities, from Ten Tors to trips to research facilities such as the Diamond Light Source, gave me great experiences from which to make a well-rounded application," he said.

House Captain Josh Grier said Maths teachers Dr Chapman and Mr Parry were really helpful in preparing him to apply for a Maths place at Oxford University.

"They gave me lots of resources and stretched me beyond the syllabus in our lessons. The interview scheme also gave me confidence going into my interviews. The Maths department l helped me a lot by organising mock interviews with different teachers and allowing me to run a maths club for the younger years to help to explain my thinking with more clarity.

"I'm very excited to have an offer for Maths, as the course provides many exciting opportunities to study a range of areas, including manifolds, quantum theory and topology."

Deputy Head Boy Sam Mullan said he was still buzzing from his offer to read Medicine at St Hugh's College, Oxford.

"When I visited St Hugh's on the open day it seemed a vibrant and friendly college with great tutors for my subject. My Biology teachers, Mr Boddington and Mrs Metcalf, have been fantastic by inspiring a love of their subject and discussing topics outside of the curriculum. The school was really helpful in arranging mock interviews and Mr Parry's BMAT sessions were invaluable preparation for the pre-test. I find genetics, infection and neuroscience fascinating but I'm not sure about the branch of medicine in which I would like to specialise in the future."

Oxbridge Co Ordinator Ms Hodgetts said she was delighted to see so many talented applicants to Cambridge and Oxford gaining offers of places ranging across subject areas as diverse as Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Earth Sciences and Mathematics.
In the last five years, 37 pupils have received Oxbridge offers and the school has an excellent record of success in placing pupils in a range of leading universities.

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