On Cloud 9 Nine Paston Sixth Form College students, a record for the College, received a very special New Year’s present when they learned that they had won places at the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge Universities for September 2017. 

The nine had to demonstrate outstanding academic ability in their GCSE and AS results and in their predicted A level grades. These, together with their personal statement and College reference, got them an interview. Winning a place was down to their own performance in the highly competitive interviews. They clearly were successful in convincing interviewers of their academic credentials and potential. Being part of the College A+ and Oxbridge Programmes run by Katharine Day supported the students in their ambition to aim for the very top. The scheme has been very successful, increasing the numbers each year aiming for Oxbridge or the top Russell Group Universities.  In the summer, 24% of all Paston students going on to University went on to the Russell Group.  Each year, James Keeler, an ex Paston student who was the Senior Admissions Tutor at Selwyn College, Cambridge, visits Paston to talk to parents and students about life at Oxbridge and how to apply and be successful. A number of ex Paston students who are currently studying at Oxford or Cambridge also return to support and mentor students. Paston students also obtain information from the College’s Futures Event when Oxford and Cambridge attend, along with over 30 other Universities, to encourage students to apply. They also receive support from the Norfolk County Council HE scheme. Paston’s conversion of applications to places at Oxbridge is 56% compared to the national average of less than 20%.

The nine students are:

Charley Barnard – to read Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish) at Newnham College, Cambridge. Charley studied at Sprowston High School.

Laura Belt – to read History at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Laura studied at Caister Academy.
Megan Boreham – to read Biomedicine at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Megan studied at Cromer Academy.

Harriet Bradnock – to read Geography at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge. Harriet studied at Broadland High School.

Florrie Crass to read English and French at Christ Church College Oxford. Florrie studied at Aylsham High School.

Xena Dyball – to read Biomedicine at Lincoln College, Oxford. Xena studied at Flegg High School.

Meg Harris – to read English at Regent’s Park College Oxford. Meg studied at Aylsham High School.

Chloe Lee to read Education at Homerton College Cambridge. Chloe studied at Cromer Academy.

Sam Thompson to read English at St Anne’s College Oxford. Sam studied at Sheringham High School.

Photo credit Emma Cracknell

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