Cambridge Bound

Six Headington sixth formers are celebrating after receiving prestige offers from Cambridge University.

While offers for most UK universities are made gradually over the coming weeks, Oxford and Cambridge have now made all their offers, with six Headington students now headed for Cambridge.

They include Alina, who will be among the first cohort to complete History of Art A Level since it was offered at Headington. Alina, who joined Headington in Year 4 in the Prep School, has been offered a place to study History of Art at Selwyn College and has deferred acceptance for a year to complete an Art Foundation course.

Alina said: “I am quite excited, especially because it’s a new subject for Headington in quite a niche area. It has been really nice to have all the staff working towards finding out information for me to support my application. To get the offer feels really rewarding.”

Head Girl and Academic Scholar Sophia Brehm, who is also a former Prep School girl, joining the Headington community at age six, said she was “very excited and very surprised” after being offered a place to study History and Spanish.

She said: “It feels like a very rewarding end to a very long process that many people had to work very hard for.”

Ayako will also be studying History, having secured a place at Pembroke College. She will juggle her academic studies with her passion for karate, in which she competes at an international level.

Ayako said: “I haven’t fully registered it yet but I am super excited – I haven’t quite got it into my head that I have actually got in!”

Academic Scholar Jenny is headed to St John’s College to study Veterinary Medicine, Music Scholar Immie will continue her Music studies at Girton College and Drama Scholar Clemmie is headed to Sidney Sussex to study Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic.

Jenny said: “It has been a dream of mine to go to this college to do Veterinary Medicine for a long time and now it’s coming true. It’s such a privilege to be offered access to the wealth of opportunities at Cambridge which is just unmatched – and because of my course I will get six years there so I feel very, very happy!”

Clemmie, who joined Headington in U4, described the overriding feeling as one of “unassailable happiness”.

She said: “I’m just so excited with a very childish delight and feel honoured to be able to hang out with people who really know their stuff.”

Immie, who has been at Headington since U3, admitted her first feeling was one of relief. She said: “It was a very stressful process but I am very excited for what Cambridge can offer outside as well as inside the classroom. It should just be amazing.”

Assistant Head Academic Mr Alex Thomson, who co-ordinates Headington’s Oxbridge programme, said: “We are absolutely thrilled for all the girls who have worked incredibly hard to secure these sought-after offers. It’s a long and challenging process and we have a whole team here at Headington which helps support our girls in every way we can through the UCAS and offer process, exams themselves and beyond.

“They should be rightly proud of their incredible achievements in receiving these offers. Offers are already coming in thick and fast for the rest of the year group from competitive universities all over the UK and indeed the world, but there is a little longer to wait for some girls. We are proud of and excited for each and every one of them.”