Shrewsbury Colleges Group's super 16 offered places at Oxford and Cambridge

This year 16 students from Shrewsbury Colleges Group have been offered places to study at the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge Universities– a record for the College and the first time the number has reached double figures for a number of years.

The students, who hail from all across the county, are currently studying A Levels at the colleges’ English Bridge and Welsh Bridge Campuses and will take their exams this summer before heading off to study at Oxford or Cambridge.

The successful students have offers to read a broad range of subjects, including Philosophy, Biomedical Sciences, Experimental Psychology, Computer Science, Engineering, Law, Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The nine students offered places at Oxford Colleges are:

Clare Conroy, 17, from Shrewsbury, previously of Belvidere School, Shrewsbury. She is studying History, Chemistry, French and Biology and has been offered a place at Christchurch College to read Philosophy.

Imogen Hayward, 17, from Telford, previously of Charlton School in Wellington. She is currently studying History, English Literature and English Language and has been offered a place at University College to read English.                       

Rose Laurie, 18, from Church Stretton, and previously of Church Stretton School. She is currently studying Maths, Computer Science and French and has been offered at place at New College to read Computer Science.          

John Lewis, 18, of Much Wenlock, previously of Church Stretton School. He is currently studying Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Geology and has been offered a place at Christchurch College to read Geology.

Sophie Scott, 17, of Condover, previously of Church Stretton School. She is currently studying Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Psychology and has been offered a place at Lincoln College to read Biomedical Sciences.

Josephine Blagrove, 17, of Worthen and previously of Mary Webb School, Pontesbury. She is currently studying Psychology, Biology and Chemistry, She has been offered a place at Merton College to read Biological Sciences.

Georgie Bumpus, 18, of Shrewsbury, previously of Meole Brace School, Shrewsbury. She is currently studying Maths, Physics and German and has been offered a place at St Johns to read Maths.

Christopher Davies, 17, of Shrewsbury, previously of Priory School, Shrewsbury. He is studying English Literature, History and Maths. He has been offered a place at New College to read Classics.

Rose Undersun, 17, of Shrewsbury. She was home schooled. She is studying Law, Business and Psychology and has been offered at place at St Edmund Hall to read Experimental Psychology.

The seven students offered places at Cambridge Colleges are:

Richard Parsons, 18, of Church Stretton, previously of Church Stretton School. He is studying Maths, Chemistry and Physics and has been offered a place a St John's College to read Engineering.

Edmund Harratt, 17, from Shrewsbury, previously of Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick. He is studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths. He has been offered a place at Magdalene College to read Natural Sciences.

Seb Morris, 18, of Shrewsbury, previously of Meole Brace School, Shrewsbury. He is studying Further Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics. He has been offered a place at Homerton College to read Natural Sciences.           

Daniel Webb, 18, of Shrewsbury, previously of Meole Brace School, Shrewsbury. Studying French, Maths, Government & Politics and Economics. He has been offered a place at Gonville and Caius College to read Law.    

Sophie Iddles, 18, of Shrewsbury, previously of the Priory School, Shrewsbury. She is studying Music, History and Geography and has been offered a place at Robinson College to read Music.

James Lapslie, 18, of Shrewsbury, previously of the Priory School, Shrewsbury. He is currently studying Further Maths, Physics and Product Design and has been offered a place at St John's College to read Engineering.   

Connor Bennett, 18, of Much Wenlock, previously of William Brookes School, Much Wenlock. He is studying Further Maths, History, Chemistry, and Physics. He has been offered a place at St John’s College to read Mathematics.

Principal and CEO, James Staniforth said:  “We are absolutely delighted for all sixteen students.  They are individually and collectively hard-working, intellectually curious, creative and passionate about their subjects.  All of them regularly go the extra mile in their studies.  Cambridge and Oxford are world-class universities, but they are still lucky that so many of our wonderful students will be joining them this autumn.  Sixteen offers is a record for the College and it reflects on both our students and their pursuit of excellence but also on the support of so many teachers and personal tutors who have inspired our students and then helped them through the application and interview process.  The overall strength of our teaching at Shrewsbury Colleges Group is indicated by the range and breadth of the subjects our students have won places to read.

“The focus of Shrewsbury Colleges Group is to provide this sort of academic excellence as the largest provider of A Levels in the county with the widest choice of A Levels and first rate specialist teachers, alongside the vocational excellence, which we have seen through our Gold medal winners in the national SkillBuild competitions.”

Daniel Webb said: “My dream is to row for Cambridge. The College enrichment scheme made it possible for me to start rowing and now I love it. ”

Imogen Hayward said: “My English teacher is great. She is the reason I applied to read English at Oxford and she gave me lots of support with my application.”

Sophie Iddles said: “I honestly was not expecting an offer, but thought that I might as well try - and still cannot believe it, but am thankful for the excellent music teaching I have received, both at sixth form and my instrumental teachers. I am particularly excited about the range of opportunities available, and to be taught by lecturers who are world specialists in their field. I feel very privileged to be offered a place at such a prestigious university."

For more information on A Levels, visit www.ssfc.ac.uk or call 01743 235491. For more information about vocational courses and Apprenticeships, visit www.shrewsbury.ac.uk or call 01743 342342.

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