Grammar school celebrates pupils’ Oxbridge offers

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The University of Oxford could be home to three students currently studying at Harrogate Grammar School sixth form.

Depending on their results Emma Ball received an offer to study History at Merton College, India Whitmarsh-Lewis to study Classics II at Merton College, and Natalia Slomczykowski to study Law.

Emma said: “I am thrilled as going to Oxford has always been a dream of mine and I would like to thank the staff in the Sixth Form, particularly the History department, for all of the help I’ve received.” 

Headteacher Richard Sheriff, said the state school has a good track record: “We pride ourselves in offering students support and guidance to enable each individual to achieve their potential.”

He added: “For some students this will mean applying for a place at Oxford or Cambridge because these universities provide the right learning environment for them. 

“For these students we owe it to them, as a state comprehensive, to do all we can to make their aspiration a reality and allow them to compete with the students from the independent and selective sectors.

“Great teaching and expert guidance that they receive here means they really can compete for places at the UK’s prestigious universities and know that we have a track record of successful applications.

“Oxbridge is only one route are most academic students take, increasingly we are seeing students opting to study at a range of other Russell Group universities including or applying for the highly competitive world of medicine.

“Our ambition is to make sure every Sixth Form student, who wants to, gains access to the university and course that suits them and their aspirations, whether that be in Mastricht or Manchester.”

Head of Sixth Form, Neil Renton, said: “We are incredibly proud of our students and their achievements. This is testament to the hard work and determination of students, their families and teachers over many years.