Students celebrate Oxbridge success
Posted on 15 March 2021

Each year, we report on the number of students from the College who have been offered places at Oxbridge.  This year, 22 students have been celebrating receiving an offer of a place at either the University of Oxford or Cambridge; the two most prestigious, highest ranking and oldest universities in England.  We are hugely proud of our students, 11 of whom will be enrolling at Cambridge and 11 at Oxford in September 2021.  They will be going on to study a variety of degrees, from Law to Engineering, Music and Architecture.

Back in the summer term, before applications opened, the College held an online interactive session for students who were interested in applying for Oxford or Cambridge.  Students had the opportunity to speak with former Farnborough students who are now studying at these universities - they spoke about their experience of the application process and answered questions on what life is like as a student at these world famous institutions.  Each of our students then attended a practice virtual interview in preparation for their real interview.  

The College has an enviable track record of student progression into prestigious universities.  In September 2020, 69% of our second year students went onto Higher Education, with 24.2% attending a Russell Group University, a group of 24 leading UK universities dedicated to outstanding teaching, learning and research.  These brilliant numbers are a tremendous reflection of the high quality of teaching and learning at the College.

The following students have been offered places at the University of Cambridge this year:

Sam to study Asian and Middle Eastern Studies;

Millie to study History;

Louis to study History of Art;

Eden to study Architecture;

Sadie to study Law;

Harry to study History and Modern Languages;

Abigail to study Mathematics;

Hannah to study Asian and Middle Eastern Studies;

Jack to study Engineering;

Jude to study Computer Science;

Sivany to study Economics.

The following students have been offered places at the University of Oxford this year:

Thomas to study History;

Annie to study French and Linguistics;

Alice to study Law;

Abbey to study Music;

Matthew to study Biology;

Carys to study Psychology and Linguistics;

Miles to study Biology;

Jessica to study English and Spanish;

Esther to study Computer Science and Philosophy;

Louise to study Music;

Evelyn to study Classics and English.         

Alison Woolley, Director of Higher Education Access at the College, commented, “We are delighted once again with the success of those students who applied to go to Oxford or Cambridge.  Competition at these universities is fierce so they should be extremely proud of what they have achieved.  We used our fantastic alumnus for support again this year - they were especially useful in subject areas that we don’t directly teach or have staff expertise in, such as Classics.  We are really grateful to them for giving up their time to help support our students.”

Principal, Catherine Cole, said, “Congratulations to all the students who have secured a place at Oxford and Cambridge this year.  These are two of the best universities in the world and offers are not made lightly so they should be very proud of themselves.  I would like to thank those staff and Farnborough alumni that have supported these students in what is a challenging application process.  I wish them all the best for the future and hope they enjoy their experience at these universities.”

Congratulations and we wish all our students the best of luck with their next steps!