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Six Bishop's Stortford High School students bound for Oxbridge success

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Star pupils at the Bishop’s Stortford High School have received conditional offers for places at Oxford and Cambridge universities.

The six teenagers hoping to start their degrees in October this year are:

Head boy Max Hadley, who plays rugby for the London Road secondary and competed in the Eastern regional final of the Rotary Club’s Youth Speaks contest. He has a has an offer to study physics and philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford and needs to get A*, A, A in his A-levels.

His deputy, George Hobart, is also a keen debater and is involved in the Model United Nations. He also works part-time in a charity shop. George wants to study the same degree as pal Max, but at Brasenose College, Oxford and needs the same grades.

Adam Hussain has an offer to study engineering (chemical engineering) at Gonville and Caius, Cambridge, requiring him to get A*, A*, A. He has recently completed an Extended Project Qualification titled “To what extent is it reasonable to say that nuclear fusion will be harnessed effectively enough in the coming decades so that fusion will have become a main energy

source of the world by 2100.”

Bass guitarist Thomas Parkin, who plays in the school’s jazz band, has an offer to study psychology, philosophy and linguistics at St Catharine’s, Oxford, and needs A*, A, A.

Harry Rogers, who runs the high’s engineering, maths and physics society, has an offer to study natural sciences at St John’s College, Cambridge, and needs A*, A*, A to qualify.

Joey Xiang has an offer to study mathematics at the same college and needs A*, A*, A plus a 1 in Maths tests STEP II and STEP III.

Joey is in the army cadets and helps with paired numeracy inside school, helping younger pupils with their maths skills. Joey joined the high school in Year 10 after moving from Beijing in 2015. He had to learn English and adapt to the British weather, both of which he found challenging!

Fiona Price, the school’s Oxbridge co-ordinator, said: “We are very proud of the achievements of these students who have worked exceptionally hard to gain these offers. They have made full use of the all the support offered by our staff and also exploited numerous enrichment opportunities to develop their academic ability, such as involvement with societies, external speakers, summer schools, and wider reading.

“We now wish them all the best in obtaining the grades required to secure their places.”

Rob Stark, head of the sixth form, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have six students receive six conditional offers for Oxbridge. 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. 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 six fantastically talented and hardworking 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 Ten Universities List.”

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