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Oxbridge places succcess for six Bishop's Stortford High School students

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Six Bishop's Stortford High School students are heading to Oxbridge next autumn.

Five Year 13 students have received conditional offers of places at Oxford and Cambridge universities to start in October.

Bliss Ashley, who left the London Road secondary last year, has a confirmed place at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, to read fine art. After completing her A-levels in art, biology and geography, she took an art and design foundation diploma at Leeds Arts University.

Bliss Ashley (54737295)
Bliss Ashley (54737295)

Deputy head boy Asa Fletcher-Snow has an offer from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, to read natural sciences (biological) subject to getting A*, A*, A in his A-levels. He has represented TBSHS in first XV rugby and coaches children in the sport. He is also an accomplished track athlete.

Kate Page is heading to Magdalene College, Cambridge, to study education and needs to score A*, A, A. She is a deputy head girl in charge of organising social and charitable events for the sixth form. With ambitions to become a teacher, she helps out in lower school lessons and volunteers with a children's group outside of school. She is a keen sportswoman who particularly enjoys hockey having previously represented her school, club and county.

James Petty has an offer from Churchill, Cambridge, to study engineering if he achieves A*, A*, A. He has helped establish an F1 in Schools team at TBSHS and is a member of Harlow Athletics Club.

from left, James Petty, Asa Fletcher-Snow, Kate Page, William Worthy and Elliot Wood (54737320)
from left, James Petty, Asa Fletcher-Snow, Kate Page, William Worthy and Elliot Wood (54737320)

Head boy Elliot Wood hopes to go to Magdalen College, Oxford, to read history and politics if he meets his offer of three As. He has been an avid debater since Year 7. He runs his own student news publication and is a young leader in the Youth Action Coalition. Having represented the school at running and rugby for many years, he now focuses on triathlon.

William Worthy is heading to Hertford College, Oxford, to read physics and needs A*, A, A. He is also a deputy head boy and a keen debater. He participates in multiple musical ensembles, is a member of the cross country and athletics team and financial manager of the Mitre Racing F1 in Schools team.

The school's Oxbridge co-ordinator, Fiona Price, said: "We're delighted that after a record seven offers last year, our students have continued to be highly successful in gaining Oxbridge offers across a range of science and humanities subjects.

"These students have worked exceptionally hard through all the unique difficulties of the past two years, including school closures, remote learning and virtual interviews, to impress admissions tutors with their potential.

"Part of their success is the full use they have made of all the support offered by our staff and of the numerous enrichment opportunities, most still virtual, to develop their academic ability, such as involvement with societies, external speakers, summer schools and wider reading. We look forward to their continued hard work so that their places are confirmed in the summer."

Head of sixth form Rob Stark said: "These conditional offers are a real testament to their immense commitment to academic excellence and, alongside their teachers, I know they will work tirelessly to achieve the grades required."

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