Students congratulated by Principal Richard Backhouse (right), Head of Sixth Form Richard Petty (left) and Deputy Head Mary-Clare Startin. 

Eight Berkhamsted School students have earned offers at Oxford and Cambridge universities. 

With around 35,000 Oxbridge hopefuls entering the rigorous application process, only 20% receive a place to study at two of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions. This ever-increasing competition for places puts into perspective the magnitude of success at Berkhamsted.

Phoebe Jarvis and George Devey have both received conditional offers for Cambridge to read Natural Sciences. Congratulations also to the six students who received offers for Oxford: Alexandra Burgar (German/Russian), Oliver Hansen (PPE), Alice Hart (PPE), Emma Rawkins (Law), Tara Sallis (History), Hannah Williams (History).       

Pheobe Jarvis said “With the all too infamous Oxbridge admissions process that applicants battled this year, particularly given the introduction of further entrance exams, it was very daunting to finally receive a letter in the post. Yet I could not be more delighted with the result! I feel proud to attend a school that helped to shape my passion for science and academia over the past year, as well as across the diversity of course applications made this year. I wish all candidates the best in securing their grades over the summer.”              

Richard Petty said “This is a fantastic moment for these students, who have worked so hard to achieve this.  There is much work for them to do, but we should pause to reflect on just what a superb achievement this is.

“There’s an enjoyable academic environment here at Berkhamsted Sixth for all learners; those who choose to avail themselves of opportunities such as Crawford Society, debating, subject-specific discussion groups and practice interviews give themselves a good chance of success in applications to the best universities.

“Much as Oxford and Cambridge applications are so competitive that there are simply no guarantees of an interview or an offer, even for the very best students nationally, our students have again excelled themselves – well done.”

Students applying for the majority of university places in 2017 completed their UCAS application earlier this month and will start receiving offers throughout Lent and early Trinity term.

Berkhamsted School has an excellent record in supporting students to achieve successful university applications. In 2016, 80% of Berkhamsted Sixth leavers were placed at their first or second choice university, and 61% of leavers went on to study at a Russell Group university.