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Pupils celebrate after university offers from Cambridge and Oxford

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

Pupils at Crypt School

Pupils at the Crypt School

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It seems hard work is paying off for pupils at The Crypt school, as eight are celebrating being offered places at Oxford and Cambridge.

But now the graft really begins for those bright pupils so that they achieve the grades they need for Oxbridge entry.

Jack Mclaren, 17, from the Podsmead school, received an offer from Oxford to study chemistry. He need an A* and two As.

He said: “It is really rewarding to have got an offer. I applied to other universities including Warwickshire and York. However Oxford appealed to me because they offer summer school.

“With the degree I hope to do something with chemistry and research.

“The school has been fantastic with helping us through the application process and personal statements.”

Jack is studying A-levels in chemistry, maths, further maths and physics.

Jacob Lange, 18, has been offered a place at Cambridge to study veterinary medicine. He will need to achieve an A* and two As.

He said: “When I got the offer, I rang my mum screaming for five minutes.

“The course is so unique and it gives students the chance to do specialist research in the third year.

“I had to do an admission test and interview. I did a mock interview with an external vet before the real thing for practice. After the degree I want to be a small animal surgeon.”

Jacob, who is studying A-levels in maths, chemistry and biology also applied to universities including Nottingham and Liverpool.

Callum Hall, 18, has also been offered a place at Oxford. He will need an A* and two As.

He said: “It is such a prestige university to study at. It is the only university which allows students to study a straight chemistry degree.”

Callum, who is interested in chemistry research pharmaceuticals is taking exams in maths, chemistry and biology.

He added: “I did two mock interviews before the actual one and I noticed how I had improved between the two.”

Other universities Callum applied to included Nottingham, Bath, Surrey and Durham.

Students at the school were given mock trial interviews and support from the school in completing applications forms and personal statements.

Jonathan Standen, headmaster, said: “I am incredibly proud of the eight students who have received offers from Oxford or Cambridge.

“Their success is testament to their hard work and ability. I also thank the staff who have inspired them, in particular Miss Warren, who has coordinated such a successful support programme which has enabled them to turn interviews into offers.”

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