Seven KGV Students Secure Offers to Study At Oxford And Cambridge


An impressive seven students from King George V College (KGV) have received offers to study at the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge Universities in September 2016.

The students are:

Phillipa Astley (former Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy) to read Classics at Christ Church College, Oxford

Sophia Emmerson (former Greenbank High School) to read Classics at Merton College, Oxford

Alec Morley (former Birkdale High School) to read Medicine at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Lucy Wright (former Greenbank High School) to read Medicine at Kings College, Cambridge

Cameron Neilson (former Birkdale High School) to read Law at Magdalene College, Oxford

Maddy Richards (former Tarleton Academy) to read Biological Sciences at Keble College, Oxford

Rebecca Stephens (former Greenbank High School) to read Modern Languages at Hertford College, Oxford

Principal Adele Wills congratulated the students on the offers.

‘This is a fantastic achievement for our hard-working students and the staff who supported them.’

‘And this is just the tip of the iceberg. We are expecting even more impressive offers from prestigious universities and employers as the year progresses for our young people. A bumper crop for KGV!’

Those applying to Oxford passed a gruelling 4 day interview process, which was an eventful experience for former Birkdale High Student Cameron Neilson.

‘My interview was delayed by an hour because a deer had escaped from the Deer Park at Magdalene College!’

Cameron who currently studies Chemistry, Biology and Maths at KGV, spoke of how the opportunity to participate in additional qualifications at the College helped make his personal statement stand out when applying for a degree in Law at Oxford.

‘I’m currently completing an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at the College. This was something that I included in my personal statement when applying to Oxford and it definitely gave me something to talk about during my interview.’

‘Whilst at KGV I’ve also completed work experience at a national solicitors, working on cases of medical negligence. In the future, I’m interested in going into intellectual property law and ideally would like to work in Hong Kong.’

Phillipa and Sophia will follow in the footsteps of 23 KGV students who have gone on to study Classics and Ancient History at Oxford since 2001.

Julia Clayton, course leader of Classics and Ancient History at KGV said, ‘In any given year Oxford University usually only recruits 24 students onto the Classics course, therefore to have two students receive offers to study Classics there this year is a real achievement.’

Sophia said, ‘Julia really helped me with preparing for my interview at Oxford. We did mock interviews and lots of the things we had practiced came up on the day.’

Lucy Wright has been offered an unconditional offer to study Medicine at Cambridge University, having achieved two A* and one A in A Level Chemistry, Maths and Biology at KGV in Summer 2015. Since leaving the College she has spent her gap year volunteering in India.

‘I travelled to India with a charity called the Northern Cleft Foundation who provide free corrective surgery on children with cleft lip and palate deformities. This year we operated on 109 patients over 8 days in the hospital.’

‘Studying at KGV taught me how to take responsibility of my own learning, a skill I feel is vital for university and future employment.’

‘My gap year has been a fantastic experience and I have learnt a lot but I now feel ready to go and start the next chapter of my life becoming a doctor!’


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