Record 10 Hockerill Anglo-European College students offered university places at Oxford or Cambridge
A record 10 Hockerill Anglo-European College students have been offered university places at Oxford or Cambridge.
The eight girls and two boys – one in 11 of the cohort at the Dunmow Road state secondary – are poised to begin degrees at the two unis this autumn.
Anne Winship, the school's lead university guidance counsellor, said: "It's been a pleasure to work with all the students who put in Oxbridge applications this year. They all worked hard to be in a position to be able to apply and should be proud of themselves. They've had to deal with hurdles previous years have not had to contend with – not least, remote interviews."
Six are heading for Oxford: Aneshka Moudry (chemistry at St Peter's College), Cecilia Catmur (Spanish at St Catherine's), Archie Fraser (human sciences at Magdalen), Toyin Odusan (law with French law at Christ Church), Lucy Womack (biomedical sciences at Oriel) and Martha Wells (philosophy and linguistics at Somerville).
The four students on their way to Cambridge are: Emma Davis and Grace Malcolm (both Asian and Middle Eastern studies at Selwyn College), Oliver Martinelli (modern and medieval languages at Lucy Cavendish College) and Maysie Haynes (education at Homerton).
Principal David Woods said: "It's been a challenging time for this cohort of students, who have had to overcome many uncertainties during their two-year International Baccalaureate diploma programme.
"It is a testament to their resilience and commitment that they have adapted and so successfully demonstrated their abilities, knowledge and character.
"To have approaching 10% of our UK university applicants gain Oxbridge offers is remarkable. We wish them and all our students now waiting for offers from universities around the world every success for the future and look forward to building on this experience to help us prepare the next generation of Oxbridge students."
Other early entrants, for medicine and veterinary degrees, have obtained positive outcomes for this early stage, with the majority having been invited for interviews.
In all, 112 Hockerill students applied to UK universities for this year.