Berkhamsted Sixth is celebrating the success of its students’ university applications. To date, Sixth Form students have received 537 offers from universities which reflects not only the many hours of study they have put into their A Level courses, the hours of wider reading and super-curricular study, but also the skills and character strengths that they have developed through the broad extra-curricular and careers opportunities.
It has been wonderful to see the students embracing the school value of ‘Aim High with Integrity’. We encourage and challenge all our students to do and be their best and support them through the University Excellence Programme and the Careers Department to find the path in life that is right for them as an individual; the diversity of the courses for which students apply is striking and is a clear sign that students are following their individual passions and academic interests.
We are proud of all our students and enjoyed working with the students who aimed very high in making applications to Oxbridge. Seven students have been offered places to study at Oxford or Cambridge University. School life at Berkhamsted gives all students the opportunity to explore their intellectual curiosity both within and beyond the curriculum; the Oxbridge applicants benefitted from challenging Oxbridge-preparation lessons and internal and external interviews and workshops to support the application process.
The students took control of their own applications and showed great independence, initiative, curiosity and drive in pursuing their intellectual passions. The School encourages the students to relish the challenge of the application and interview process and to enjoy the journey. We have been pleased to note how the students, whether successful or not, have grown in confidence and developed significantly as academics as a result.
Year 14 Application
Jemima Storey applied to study history at Somerville College Oxford as a Year 14 student. She completed her A Levels in 2019 and was supported by the school throughout the application process.
“Teachers were flexible and willing to mark practice papers and give me interview advice. Before leaving school, I felt encouraged to explore my subject and gain a deeper interest in it which was key to my successful application. For example, the school put me forward for the Lessons From Auschwitz Project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust – this made me look at this topic in much more historical depth. The Extended Project Qualification, the various history clubs and lectures were also an interesting way to explore new historical topics.”
We were delighted that Jemima recently returned to school to talk to Year 12 parents and students about her experience of the UCAS application process. Her insightful focus on preparation, making the most of opportunities and gratitude was extremely useful. Between now and September Jemima will continue working at a local care home for the elderly, before travelling and volunteering in Nepal and Southeast Asia.
Success beyond academia
Berkhamsted Sixth takes pride in the progress made by students beyond the curriculum.
Finn Mortimore has served as Deputy Head Boy throughout Year 13. The leadership responsibilities of the prefect team have helped students not only to pursue their unique intellectual passions, but to contribute to the community and develop the skills, confidence and courage to succeed and make a difference beyond Berkhamsted.
An example of Finn’s achievements includes a charity initiative to benefit hundreds of children in Sri Lanka. Finn masterminded the collection and transportation of over 100kg of donated cricket kit to give away to pupils at a school in Sri Lanka when Finn was on tour there with Berkhamsted 1st XI cricket team.
Finn has now been offered a place at Cambridge University to study Maths, a subject he developed a great enjoyment for since being taught by Mr Fraser in Year 8.