The Perse School

Perse students heading for prestigious universities

31 Jan 2014

This year’s Upper Sixth has received 31 offers from Oxbridge colleges – 17 from Oxford and 14 from Cambridge. Perse historians have been particularly successful, with eight offers to read history or ancient and modern history. The variety in the Oxbridge offers demonstrates the breadth of student interests: ancient and Middle Eastern studies, biological sciences, classics, economics, English, French, geography, history and ancient history, Japanese, maths, medicine, natural sciences, physics and PPE.

While Oxbridge, medical schools and Durham typically top the list each year of institutions offering places to Perse sixth formers, students select from a wide range of prestigious universities in the UK and well-known overseas institutions such as Yale, Columbia, Vanderbilt and McGill. This year’s Upper Sixth has so far received more than 500 offers, 36 of which are unconditional. The total number of offers this year will not be known until all universities have made decisions, which will be around April. Last year, students secured a total of 564 offers, including 30 offers from Oxbridge and 19 from medical schools.

Head Ed Elliott said:

“While there is more to life than securing a place at Oxford or Cambridge, a good number of our students aspire to continue their studies in an Oxbridge college, and I am delighted that many are set to do so.

“Whichever institution students select, they will find that the curriculum they have followed at The Perse – selected for its academic rigour and the development of critical thought – is excellent preparation for university study. We work hard with our students to ensure they develop the skills they will need to thrive as an undergraduate, and were recently asked to contribute to the University of East Anglia’s new ‘Preparing for uni’ online course”.

The Perse Sixth Form has a seven-strong team of dedicated specialist advisers to provide students with intensive advice and guidance on all aspects of applications including personal statements, practice interviews and preparation for additional university entrance tests.

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