21 JFS students have received offers from Oxbridge and Cambridge for September 2016. This is a truly phenomenal figure for any non-selective comprehensive school and represents a new JFS record. 11 students have received offers from Oxford and 10 from Cambridge with a gender split of 12 girls to 9 boys. Students have received offers for a diverse range of courses from Architecture to Veterinary Medicine.
JFS has developed a strong reputation for Higher Education preparation. This has seen a steady growth in successful applications to Oxbridge alongside other Russell Group universities. Over 95% of students leave JFS for Higher Education and of these approximately 6% have achieved places at Oxbridge over the last two years. This places JFS within the top ten non-selective state schools in the UK for the proportion of HE applicants accepted at Oxbridge and is something for which the entire community should be very proud.
Oxbridge candidates undertook an extensive process of mock-interviews, mentoring sessions and study groups. They received focussed help and support from the experienced and dedicated Higher Education team at JFS and each put in a great deal of self-motivated independent study.
While the students may all study at the same school, they all come from very different backgrounds and areas of London and Hertfordshire. Jed Soleiman has received an offer to read Geography at Downing College Cambridge. The 18 year old from Hendon will be the first generation in his family to go to university. He commented “I am so grateful to JFS for all the support they gave me in preparing my application for Cambridge. My teachers gave up a great deal of time to help me ensure I was as prepared as possible.”
Abigail Woodrow has been offered a place to read PPE at Pembroke College Oxford. “My mum didn’t go to university so I am particularly proud to have received this offer. JFS helped me to ensure that when I attended my interview I really felt ready for what I was about to face. I will always be grateful for the support the School have given me.”
Headteacher Jonathan Miller commented “We are exceptionally proud of our impressive group of 21 Oxbridge offers for 2016. This outcome is indicative of the conscientious and hardworking students we have in our Sixth Form. They are supported by a Higher Education team who have many years of experience in assisting our students to make the best choices for their futures. I am grateful to the many members of staff who have supported all our HE applicants and look forward to sharing the outcome of the summer examinations in August with much anticipation.”
With the deadline of March looming for other universities to make their offers, all students in Year 13 know that there is still a great deal of hard work ahead – ensuring that the effort of securing offers is matched by the outcome of A Level results.