After a busy term of completing UCAS University applications, St Thomas More are pleased that 119 students (over 85% of our cohort) have successfully applied to university, with the remaining students well on their way with applications to apprenticeships and employment. Many have already started to receive offers, while others continue the anxious wait to find out if they have been accepted by their chosen institutions. As in previous years, we have had students applying right across the country to a range of universities, including applications to Oxford and Cambridge. This year Anna Jones has been offered a place to read French and German at Oxford, while Niamh Waters plans to read English at Cambridge.
The two girls are delighted with their achievements. ‘Getting an offer from Cambridge for English Literature was a big surprise.’ said Niamh, ‘Although it was hard work applying early, submitting essays, sitting an admissions test and doing an interview, it has been worth it to get to this stage. Also, the fact that I am one of the first people in my family to go to University makes the offer even more rewarding. I couldn’t be happier!
Anna said, ‘I’m so excited but shocked to have received an offer! The application process was a very long-winded and quite stressful but I’m glad that it was all worth it in the end, especially since the offer is from the college that my grandad also studied at. I now feel much more motivated to work hard since I do need to get the grades!’
Mrs Hallam, Head of Sixth Form, said ‘We are immensely proud of Anna and Niamh and are delighted that their ability and talent have been recognised by such prestigious universities. Their excellent offers are thoroughly deserved and are a positive and promising end to a very rigorous application process. I am confident that they will both enjoy great success this summer and can look forward to a very bright future ahead.’
Everyone at St Thomas More wishes these two girls, and all our other applicants, all the best in their summer exams and their future successes.
At present, Francesco Bello (graduated STM 2017) is reading Natural Sciences at Cambridge, while Declan Pang and Rebecca McLean (both 2016 graduates) are reading Medicine and History respectively at Oxford.