Record Oxbridge offers for Perse sixth formers
18 Jan 2016
Sixth formers at The Perse are celebrating 42 Oxbridge offers in the 2015-2016 admissions cycle, the largest number ever recorded at the School.
A quarter of the Upper Sixth are set to study at Oxbridge colleges: 23 in Oxford and 19 in Cambridge. The courses they hope to read are diverse, from History of Art to English Literature, from Ancient and Modern History to Music together with a range of Sciences, Medicine, Economics and Engineering.
Sixth formers have also received 427 offers from leading institutions, of which 363 are for Russell Group universities, with several weeks to go before the offer deadline at the end of March. The School has a 10-strong team of specialist advisers who help students secure the place of their choice, including arts and science Oxbridge advisors. An innovative partnership between The Perse and Magdalen College School, Oxford, enables the two schools to work together on visits and interview preparation.
Head Ed Elliott said:
“I am delighted that so many of the Perse students who aspired to Oxbridge and other prestigious universities are set to realise their ambition. Applications to read arts and humanities subjects have been particularly successful this year.
“Top universities look beyond predicted exam results. They want students to actively demonstrate a passion for their chosen subject. We encourage and equip our sixth formers to go well beyond the A level curriculum, and this year’s students have been able to draw on their success in prestigious research placements and national competitions, on the work they have published online and on their extensive reading and independent research.”
A small number of Perse students apply to prestigious overseas institutions each year. Last year a student was offered a scholarship to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and in recent years students have received offers from top 20 North American universities such as Yale, Berkeley, Columbia and Michigan. Results from this year’s applications will be known at a later date.