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Over 500 offers to Universities for Canfordians


Once again Canford pupils have achieved an impressive number of offers to leading universities and colleges both home and abroad.

Of the 145 pupils applying through UCAS, there were a total of 538 offers of places at university representing 3.7 offers per pupil, with 393 of these from Oxbridge/Russell Group/Top 12* institutions. 73% of our pupils obtaining at least one offer from these high tariff institutions.

Pictured are among the 18 pupils who have received offers from Oxbridge, Medical Schools, from US institutions and for Dentistry and Veterinary Science:

Gemma Armstrong - Medicine, University of East Anglia; Honor Bailey - Medicine, Cardiff University; Flora Bartlett - Dentistry, Cardiff University; Isabel Cox - Economics, Queens’ College, Cambridge; Emilia Davies - Medicine, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge; Madeleine Diment - Geography, St Catherine’s College, Oxford; Sarah Elliott - Medicine, University of Southampton; Charlie Gregory - Medicine, Cardiff University; William Jacobs - Economics, University of Iowa; Hermione Jemmett - Medicine, King’s College, London; Book Lersakrussamee - Medicine, University College, Cork; Richard Molyneux - Medicine, Plymouth University; Rachel Naylor - Modern and Medieval Languages, St John’s College, Cambridge; Jai Ramchandani - Medicine, King’s College, London; Helena Regan - Music, University of Boulder, Colorado; Patrick Regan - Geography, University of California, Los Angeles; Alex Schuster-Bruce - Medicine, University of Edinburgh; Isaac Stevenson - Veterinary Science, University of Surrey.

This year Durham University has been particularly popular with Canfordians, with 17 confirmed places, followed by 13 places at Exeter, 9 at Bath, 6 at Bristol and 6 at Edinburgh.  The school has also continued its strong record of success gaining places at Medical Schools, with 10 out of 10 applications by Canfordians this year successful, taking the total to 131 places in the past 14 years.

Among the many individual successes, Honor Hornsby has been awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Music Scholarship to Durham to add to her recent ABRSM Diploma distinction; Helena Regan the DeWitt and Billie Marie Brennan Scholarship to study Music at the University of Boulder, Colorado; and Henry Baugniet who will read Natural Sciences and won a Vice Chancellor’s Sport Scholarship to Durham to accompany his current U18 England Hockey selection. Congratulations also go to 14 Canfordians awarded places on the highly competitive JP Morgan summer placement programme.

Michael Doherty, Head of Careers, commented:

“This has been another strong year of success for Canfordians wishing to apply to universities both in the UK and abroad.  Competition remains extremely tough but I am delighted that over 65% of our offers are to Russell Group institutions, compared to 28% from the country as a whole.   We have worked hard this year to continue to improve our careers provision with more education as well as information available to our pupils about university and higher education options both in print and online.  Preparation is the key to success and our programme of 1-1 tutoring, application advice and interview guidance is seeing excellent results while our annual Careers Symposium and online mentoring network of Old Canfordians and parents is also providing a valuable resource in opening doors to career opportunities in a wide range of sectors.”

Headmaster Ben Vessey said:

“Very well done to all those who have been successful in their applications.  We have Canfordians heading to over 30 different top quality universities and colleges this year, which illustrates the diversity of talent and also the fulfilment of our aim to ensure that these crucial next steps are along the right path for each individual.”

*Not in Russell Group but among Top 12 Sunday Times universities