An impressive 87% of boys went on to either Russell Group and/or Times Top 30 universities in autumn 2020.
The most popular destinations this year were Durham, Nottingham and Loughborough, and seven boys took up Oxbridge places: four reading Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry and Economics at Oxford and three reading Land Economy, Modern and Medieval Languages, and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Cambridge. Equally exciting are the degree subjects that the boys are reading, which range from Aerospace Engineering to Architecture, History of Art to International Relations, Law to Physics, and Medicine to Theatre.
Outside of the UCAS system, the range of futures is also exciting with boys earning places, many with prestigious scholarships, at top universities across the world, including Columbia, Emory and the Christian Brother universities in the United States, Hong Kong University and Keio University in Japan. Boys also gained places on degree apprenticeships with leading firms, professional premiership sports academy contracts and direct employment, whilst others opted to take gap years.
University Destinations 2020
The school is committed to providing full support for students who wish to apply to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The school’s academic scholars and gifted and talented students are encouraged to attend the Archer Martin Society (Fourth, Remove and Fifth Form) and the Mitre Club (Sixth Form) to develop the academic interests and the ambition required to make a competitive application to these institutions.
In the Sixth Form, students who wish to be on the ‘Oxbridge List’ receive support from the relevant Head of Department or departmental Oxbridge Tutor to develop their ‘super-curricular’ activities such as reading and attending lectures and preparation for the relevant entrance exams. In September of the Upper Sixth there are mock entrance exams and boys are guided through the application process by the Head of UCAS and Master in Charge of Oxbridge. Students are provided with additional departmental support prior to interview and they are given at least two formal mock interviews.
In recent years an increasing number of students have decided to apply to Oxford and Cambridge and numbers of successful applications have been very healthy.