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Record Oxbridge success for Bishop's Stortford High School

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A magnificent seven students at The Bishop's Stortford High School (TBSHS) are heading for university places at Cambridge and Oxford.

In a record for the London Road secondary, the four girls and three boys have received conditional offers to begin degree courses in law, psychology, languages, computer science and geography in October. All but one are Cambridge-bound. The seven are:

Jenna Buller – Emmanuel College, Cambridge, to read psychology and behavioural sciences. She is part of the senior prefect team and sixth form student council. She has combined her studies with an NHS job during the Covid-19 pandemic and a six-year commitment to Scouting.

Bishop's Stortford High School's magnificent seven. From left, Jenna Buller, Nathaniel Carn, Jamie Dunne, Abigail Grant, Amy Raymond, Sam Williams and Amelie Wilson (44314375)
Bishop's Stortford High School's magnificent seven. From left, Jenna Buller, Nathaniel Carn, Jamie Dunne, Abigail Grant, Amy Raymond, Sam Williams and Amelie Wilson (44314375)

Nathaniel Carn – St Catharine's, Cambridge, law. The head boy, he runs the school's law society and is a keen debater.

Jamie Dunne Trinity Hall, Cambridge, modern and medieval languages. He has established a sixth-form German debating club and is a keen sportsman.

Abigail Grant – Downing, Cambridge, psychology and behavioural sciences. Abigail is head of the sixth form council and has supported a Year 7 boy in a paired numeracy programme. She is training for a 10k run to raise money for Myeloma UK, having previously supported Stortford charity Edie's Butterfly Appeal.

Amy Raymond – Keeble College, Oxford, law. A senior prefect involved with Mitre fundraising, debating, TBSHS Law Society and its mock bar trials. She also volunteers at a music club and is involved in Scouting.

Sam Williams – Girton, Cambridge, computer science. He is also a senior prefect and involved in paired numeracy helping younger students. Outside school, he is a grade 8 drummer and Explorer Scout.

Amelie Wilson – Emmanuel, Cambridge, geography. She too is a senior prefect involved in the law society and paired reading programme. In her spare time, she is involved in musical theatre and Harlow Steel Band.

The school's Oxbridge co-ordinator, Fiona Price, said: "Seven Oxbridge offers in one year is a record for TBSHS and we are particularly proud of the achievements of these students, who have worked exceptionally hard to gain these offers through the most difficult of circumstances.

"Despite extensive school closures, remote learning and contending with virtual interviews, they have managed to impress admissions tutors with their potential.

"They have made full use of all the support offered by our staff and exploited numerous enrichment opportunities, many virtual, to develop their academic ability, such as involvement with societies, external speakers, summer schools and wider reading. We know they will continue to work hard to achieve the grades that they need to confirm their places."

Head of sixth form Rob Stark added: "Even in these challenging times, we pride ourselves on delivering an outstanding all-round education, combining the importance of academic rigour with extensive opportunities outside the classroom, and it is wonderful to see seven fantastically talented and hard-working individuals thrive in this environment.

"In addition to these individual highlights, we are delighted that so many of our students are receiving offers from such competitive universities, many of which are ranked in the Top 10 Universities List."

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