Five Strode College A Level students have been offered places to study at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge next year. All are members of Strode College Aspire Programme, which is designed to give the most academically able students opportunities that will help them achieve their ambitions and secure places on competitive courses.
Former Crispin School student Roxi Rusu has been offered a place to read politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) at St Anne’s College, Oxford. Freddie Longly, who previously attended Huish Episcopi Academy, has also received an offer to study PPE at Oxford, at St Peter’s College.
Former Whitstone School, Shepton Mallet, pupil Conor Boakes has a conditional offer for a four-year master’s degree in biology at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, while Annabel Gilmour, who joined Strode from Crispin School, in Street has received an offer for a four-year master’s course in chemistry at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
Amy Thomas has secured a place to read history at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. She joined Strode from The Kings of Wessex Academy in Cheddar.
Rosie Storey, Strode Aspire Programme co-ordinator, said: “It has been a pleasure working with this wonderful group of students and their peers through the Aspire Programme. We wish them the best of luck with meeting their offer grades and their future studies.”
Strode students with high GCSE grades are invited to join the Aspire Programme, which includes sessions to stretch them academically and personally, in addition to support with their applications for their progression.
The current first year Aspire students are now taking part in sessions to help with gathering evidence of ‘super-curricular’ activities, such as wider reading, work experience and independent project work.