Perse students head to world’s top universities
10 Aug 2021
Upper Sixth students
Upper Sixth students are celebrating today having received a swathe of outstanding results giving them a place at the university of their dreams.
Forty-eight students secured a place at Oxford and Cambridge, while 91% of students, from a cohort of 203, gained places at their first-choice university. Four students will be heading abroad to prestigious international universities, including the Ivy League institutions of Princeton and Yale in the USA.
Neil Sardesai, who won a silver medal representing the UK at the International Biology Olympiad last month, took A levels in maths, further maths, biology and chemistry and is off to Cambridge University to read medicine, where he has also been given a choral scholarship. Neil said: “I am absolutely delighted with my A level results. While it has been a long period of hard work and dedication, I’m incredibly happy with the final result. I’m sure the skills and knowledge I’ve gained over the past years will help considerably in later life, and I’m very excited to be starting my course in October.
“I always enjoyed doing sciences at school, particularly biology and after doing work experience in Year 11 I realised I wanted to have a career in medicine. I have spent some time volunteering at the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and at Addenbrooke’s Hospital where I also shadowed staff. I really enjoyed interacting with patients and being there and talking to them and this is something I want to continue in my career.”
Eleanor Anderson has accepted a place to study costume design at Edinburgh University, after studying A level maths, chemistry and history. She said: “Mr Green, the school’s Director of Qualifications and Progression, reassured me that I fitted the criteria to apply for costume design even though I wasn’t taking art as an A level subject, so I applied and was accepted. I’d love to work as a costume designer in the West End or on Broadway one day, so I am really looking forward to bringing together my passion for the theatre and costume as it’s something I really enjoy.”
Meanwhile, former Heads of School Fabian Dodds and Victoria Leung have secured places at the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology and Cambridge University respectively.
Having passed through a very demanding assessment process, Fabian will have the opportunity to work three days a week with the Dyson technology team, alongside studying for his engineering degree at the innovative institute in Wiltshire.
He said: “Waking up on a results day is always a mixture between nervousness and excitement, but that immediately faded when the email appeared in my inbox and I opened it. I am over the moon with my results and very proud of my friends who have gone through this with me. I am also incredibly grateful to all the staff at school who have helped me over the last seven years to achieve these grades which open so many opportunities for my future.”
Victoria, who will be reading medicine at Cambridge, said: “I’m very pleased with my results and am excited for what’s to come. Especially after such a long period of uncertainty, it’s a relief to have all my work pay off. Congratulations to all those receiving their A levels today.”
Students heading overseas include Camillo Padulli, who is off to Yale to read ancient history, having also received offers from Princeton and Stanford University, while Hyaline Chen, who gained a bronze medal representing the UK at the International Physics Olympiad last month, has accepted an offer to join the undergraduate research programme at Princeton, where she will be reading physics.
Megan Carmichael has won a full athletics scholarship to study at California’s University of the Pacific, where she will join their tennis squad and represent them in the Division I West Coast Conference, and Alice Lord has earned a place to read social and political sciences at the prestigious Sciences Po’s Poitiers campus, focusing on Latin American and Caribbean affairs.
Head Ed Elliott said: “The Upper Sixth experienced two years of Covid disrupted learning. They showed immense skill and resilience in adjusting to the demands of remote teaching and independent study and have gone on to achieve outstanding A level and Pre U grades. These exceptional results mean the students can progress to their first-choice university. The Upper Sixth should be proud of all that they have achieved in difficult circumstances and they leave with my congratulations and best wishes for the future.”