Oxbridge offers for Ashfield School students

Three  happy A Level students at Ashfield school  have managed to get places at Oxford and Cambrifgr University  from the left are Robert Howlett, Katie Townsend and Sam Voisey
Three happy A Level students at Ashfield school have managed to get places at Oxford and Cambrifgr University from the left are Robert Howlett, Katie Townsend and Sam Voisey

THREE star students from a Kirkby school have helped set a school record by all being accepted to study at either Oxford or Cambridge universities.

Ashfield School sixth form students Sam Voisey (18) and Katie Townsend (17) have both got offers to go to Cambridge, while Robert Howlett (17) has an offer from Oxford.

Their head of year at the school’s Post 16 Centre, Matthew Hall, said that the school was ‘incredibly proud’ of them and they had done well to get through the ‘rigorous’ Oxbridge application process.

“This is the first time we as a school have had three students be given conditional offers for Oxford or Cambridge so we are very proud,” he said.

Sam, who will be the first member of his family to go to university, has been offered a place at Sidney Sussex College at Cambridge to study Politics, Psychology and Sociology.

The budding psychotherapist said that he applied to Cambridge because he particularly liked the psychology aspect of the course and he impressed at two interviews to secure his offer.

He said: “I was feeling quite confident and had done quite a bit of prep - mock interviews, talking to people who had been to the same college.

“I knew roughly what to expect.”

Headgirl Katie has an offer from Girton College, Cambridge, to do a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages and will study French and German - a four-year course that features a year abroad.

Both she and Sam applied through the Cambridge Special Access Scheme for students from deprived areas such as Kirkby.

Katie said that she didn’t think she was going to receive an offer after being rejected from King’s College, where she originally applied, and did not notice the offer email that had escaped into her junk mail!

“I found the email at 1am and ran into my parent’s room to wake them up and tell them,” she said.

“They were really pleased.”

Katie is planning on taking a gap year before going to university and will teach English in French-speaking Senegal, where she will be able to improve her French skills.

Robert has an offer to study Engineering Science at Exeter College, Oxford, and has already achieved the A* grade he needs after sitting his Maths A level in year 12.

Robert originally applied for St John’s College but said his first interview did not go well and he was put in the pooling system before being ‘snapped up’ by Exeter.

“In the other interview they ran out of questions to ask me so it went extremely well,” he said.

Robert hopes to go into a career in mechanical engineering after university.

Ben Riggott, director of Post 16 at Ashfield School, said that the record of three Oxbridge offers is ‘reflective of the rise in standards of the sixth form’.

Around 50 per cent of post 16 students have applied for university - despite the rise in tuition fees - and Ashfield is again expecting bumper numbers of A and A* A level grades this summer.

Mr Hall adeed: “All of our students are equally important - they have their own pathways - and we have had over 100 students apply to university which is a fantastic achievement.”