Oxford & Cambridge

This week we have received great news regarding some of our University applicants. Charlie Hart has received an offer to student Geography at Oxford University and Mollie Georgiou has received an offer to study Psychological & Behavioural Sciences at Cambridge University, making this the first time we have received offers from both Oxford and Cambridge in the same year.

This comes after last week's news that our Head Boy, Bradley Hopkins, has received the first offer to study Medicine in Hertswood's history. We are incredibly proud of Charlie, Mollie, Bradley, and all our students who are receiving amazing offers from UCL, Kings, Durham, Birmingham and many other fantastic Universities. They are working so well, being expertly guided by our dedicated staff and this is just the start of their promising futures ahead.

Hertswood’s Head Girl, Mollie Georgiou, (first picture, left) started studying Psychology in Sixth Form and soon aspired to study it at university and eventually become a Chartered Psychologist. Mollie had worked hard to achieve fantastic GCSE results at the end of Year 11 and during the first term of Year 12 started considering Oxbridge. Mollie applied to summer schools at both Oxford and Cambridge, winning places on both. She loved her time at the universities but particularly liked the Psychology course at Cambridge. She applied to Queen’s College at Cambridge who soon came back to her requesting that she submit some of her essays.

Her written work obviously impressed them, and she was invited to attend an interview in December. Mollie faced two Cambridge academics for a tough interview, where she was asked questions including how her English Literature studies related to Psychology, which led to a lengthy discussion on consciousness. Mollie clearly impressed them again as she has now received an offer. She is delighted, explaining, “To receive an offer from Queen’s College, Cambridge is a dream come true. Although the application process was demanding, it was worth it, as I now have the opportunity to study my favourite subject at such a renowned university.”

In November, we were pleased to report that our Deputy Head Girl, Charlie Hart (first picture, right) had received Hertswood’s first unconditional offer to a Russell Group university. At the time, Charlie was also going through the process of applying to Oxford. She undertook their Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), and achieved the required standard to get through to the next step which was an interview.

Charlie spent two days at Jesus College, Oxford in December, where she went through a rigorous interview process. She was thrilled to receive a letter from the university making her an offer to study there. Charlie worked hard to achieve great results at GCSE and realised that the possibility of applying to Oxbridge was a reality. As she started her A-Levels, Charlie’s interest in Geography really grew and within a few months she had decided that this was what she wanted to study at university.

Like Mollie, Charlie went to summer schools at both universities and decided that Oxford was a good fit for her. Charlie is looking forward to the possibilities ahead, saying “The prospect of studying at Oxford University is very exciting and to have received an offer after going through the interviews was amazing.”

We are also delighted to announce our Head Boy, Bradley Hopkins (second picture, fourth from left) has received the first offer to study Medicine in Hertswood’s history! Following various tests and interviews, the University of Plymouth have made Bradley a conditional offer. Vedant Patel (second picture, third from left) went through the same process to achieve a conditional offer to study Dentistry at Plymouth, he said, “People’s support and my efforts helped me get through the process”. This is a fantastic accomplishment and as with all the students who have offers, they are working hard to ensure they get the grades to take up their places, Bradley commented, “Getting into Plymouth has helped me to focus my efforts to achieve top grades.”

Miss McFerran, Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form is understandably pleased with the offers received so far and said, “I am so impressed with the focus these students have shown—they are working really hard with our outstanding Sixth Form teachers. The support of the Sixth Form Team has also ensured their UCAS applications were extremely strong and this has paid off. We’re very proud of them!”