St Mary's Catholic School stars secure four spots at Oxbridge
A promising writer and a talented footballer are among the St Mary's Catholic School students heading for places at Oxbridge.
The Bishop's Stortford secondary in Windhill has a dedicated programme to nurture its most academic pupils and UCAS co-ordinator Alison Lumby said: "I've been so highly impressed with the dedication of our candidates; their sheer hard work, determination and endeavour has been exceptional."
Theresa Grealy is set to study English language and literature at New College, Oxford, while places at Cambridge have been offered to Aiden Jones, to study psychological and behavioural sciences at Fitzwilliam College, Sam Hardy to study land economy at Lucy Cavendish College and Ben Callington to study music at Christ College.
To hone her writing skills, Theresa completed work experience which resulted in many of her assignments being published. Her skills were also recognised in Trinity College's national Gould Prize for Essay Writing competition. She leads St Mary's peer-mentoring and reading programmes for younger students.
Aiden is a drama fan and has demonstrated his acting skills during his time at St Mary's, taking centre stage in a number of productions. He discovered psychology in Year 12 after GCSE success.
Ben is an accomplished musician who plays many instruments and composes original pieces. He has led the school orchestra and was the first student to be offered an interview early in the application process.
Sam's dedication as an academic student is balanced with his passion for sport and as a player at the Tottenham Hotspur Academy.
The recognition he received in the national Young Geographer's Competition in 2020 spiked his interest in combining his geography and economics A-levels to pursue a land economy degree.
Other students are set to study medicine and veterinary science as a result of St Mary's university preparation programme.
Ms Lumby said: "We've worked as a school to secure them every opportunity, with extended virtual work experience, attending guest lectures, summer schools, mock virtual interviews to help them prepare for such elite courses. I'm delighted and so proud of their success and wish them every best wish that the grades awarded in such a challenging year will allow them to reap their rewards."
Deputy head and director of sixth form Deirdre McHugh added: "Our smaller sixth form allows a tailored approach to every individual student, harnessing their gifts and talents. We've been able to guide their super-curricular and enrichment opportunities which have attributed to our success."