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31st January 2019

Feelings of anticipation and pride are beginning to sweep the country for many Year 13 students this month, as they start to hear back from the universities which they have applied for.

Students Leon, Ceinwen and Millie

Students Leon, Ceinwen and Millie

Receiving a conditional offer from your first-choice university is no mean feat and for seven students from St Brendan’s Sixth Form College the news could not be any better as they have already secured places at two of the country’s most prestigious universities.

This year the further education leader helped an impressive 463 students through the UCAS process. Amongst the large group of 17 – 18 year olds, five ambitious students have secured conditional offers to study at Oxford University and two will be heading off to Cambridge in September, if they secure the top grades required.

The group of five who are Oxford-bound comprises of Mae Gowen, 17, who hopes to continue her studies in Biology; Ryan Everett, 17 from Kingswood, who has secured a place to study Computer Science and Millie Barstow, 17 from Yate, who has her sights set firmly on a degree in History and Politics. Hoping to join their peers at Oxford are identical twins Leon and Victor Altherr. The pair moved to Bristol from Germany to study at St Brendan’s, and after just 18 months in the UK, both of the young men have secured sought-after places at Oxford. Leon will be studying Experimental Psychology, whilst brother Victor has an offer to read Law.

Meanwhile, two other St Brendan’s students will be working hard over the next five months to get the grades needed to take up their places at Cambridge University. Ceinwen Baker hopes to study Natural Sciences, whilst peer Maxwell Hudson has a conditional offer to study Philosophy.

Elation has quickly transformed to determination for all seven of the ambitious teenagers, all of whom are now studying hard to make their dreams a reality. Between them, they must achieve a total of seven A*s and 15 A’s; high demands from the country’s top two universities.

Principal Michael Jaffrain commented, “I am so proud of all of our students who are currently receiving conditional and unconditional offers from universities across the country. These seven students in particular are a great example of the determined and ambitious young adults we have here at St Brendan’s. Many of our Oxbridge candidates join us at the beginning of Year 12 without having ever considered studying at a top Russell Group university. I am so glad we are able to inspire and encourage our students to aim so high. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for these aspirational seven.”

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