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13 May 2016

Oxbridge and Ivy League Scholars among University Successes

Canford pupils are celebrating a very high number of offers to date to leading institutions both home and abroad.

The 125 pupils in the Upper Sixth who had applied through UCAS have received an impressive total of 455 offers of places at university so far with 75% of these from Oxbridge/Russell Group/Top 12 institutions and 90% of our pupils obtaining at least one offer from these high tariff institutions.

Pictured are among those who had received offers from Oxbridge, Medical Schools, from US institutions and for Dentistry and Veterinary Science:

James Andrews – Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

Flora Bartlett – Dentistry, University of Cardiff

Ella Dunlop – Medicine, University of Oxford

Harry Ellis – Medicine, UCL

Ella Hearne – Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

Georgina Hopkins – Veterinary Science, Royal Veterinary College, London

Henry Imms – Medicine, University of Manchester

Haadi Iftikar – Medicine, UCL

Caroline Jackson – English, University of Oxford

Emma Khoury – Medicine, University of Liverpool

Justin Lee – Veterinary Science, Royal Veterinary College, London

Lucy Longbottom – Medicine, University of Plymouth

Tom Lush – Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool

Joseph Payne – Anglo Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge (Scholar)

Ella Penny – Earth Sciences, University of Oxford

Trystan Perkins – Political Sciences, University of Texas (Scholar)

Helena Regan – Music, University of Colorado Boulder College of Music

Angus Robson – Medicine, University of Glasgow

Tim Rutland – Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Aryan Sheikhalian – Mathematics and Economics, University of Columbia (Scholar)

Among the many highlights, Aryan Sheikhalian has been awarded a fully financed place at Columbia University, the 3rd Ivy League place for a Canfordian in the past two years; Joe Payne has been offered a choral scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge; Ella Dunlop was offered places from all four of her applications to study Medicine; Georgina Hopkins received offers from all four applications to read Veterinary Medicine, one of the most competitive courses in the country and Trystan Perkins has been offered a golf award at the University of Texas.  Of the 15 pupils who applied for the highly competitive Medic/Dentistry/Veterinary Science courses, 12 gained offers – taking the total of successful applications in the past decade to 90, an 81% application/offer rate.

Congratulations also go to Rebecca Hart has won a university sponsorship with Price Waterhouse Coopers and 13 Canfordians have been awarded places on the highly competitive JP Morgan summer placement programme, who commented that our applicants were exceptionally well presented and had demonstrated high quality thought processes.

Michael Doherty, Head of Careers, commented:

“Once again we are seeing a very high percentage of offers to top universities in the UK and continuing success in our applications to the US.  Competition for places on highly sought-after courses at these institutions continues to be very tough. For a successful interview and application, careful research and preparation is a prerequisite and this is where Canford adds real value.  As ever there have been a small number of unexpected disappointments but overall we are delighted with the results achieved.  We are also seeing an increase in successful university sponsorships and in placements with top corporations and we will continue to develop these links both at home and abroad.  Our online mentoring network of Old Canfordians and parents is also providing a valuable resource in opening doors to career opportunities in a wide range of sectors.”

Headmaster Ben Vessey said:

“We are extremely proud of all our impending Upper Sixth leavers and the efforts they have put in so far to ensure their futures are as bright, exciting and open to opportunity as possible. Our main aim is to ensure that all Canfordians progress purposefully and fruitfully beyond Canford and it is critical that those next steps are taken along the right path for each individual.


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