Southport King George V students receive Oxbridge offers

30th January 2015

 King George V College (KGV) is pleased to announce four students have received offers to study at the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Principal Adele Wills congratulated the students on the offers.

“This is great news for the college, and is a reflection on the quality of teaching we have at KGV,” she said.

The students waited over the Christmas holiday to hear if their application had been successful and were not disappointed. The students are:

· Dan Howard (former Christ the King student) to read Medicine at Cambridge

· Emily Hobbs (former Range student) to read Classics and French at Oxford

· Jack Bickerton (former Meols Cop student) to read Law at Cambridge

· Tess Leyland (former Christ the King student) to read Ancient and Modern History at Oxford

Dan, will be required to score two A* grades to meet the requirements of his offer. However, Dan is happy to accept the challenge, saying: “I plan to continue to work hard to meet the course entry requirements, as Cambridge is the ideal university for me.

“The course will allow me to study a final year module in genetics that will support my future career ambition of working part clinical, part genetic research.”

Jack Bickerton is the third KGV Law student in the past three years to receive an offer of a place to study Law at Cambridge. Jack said, “I still can’t believe it. I didn’t think I would get an offer but when my letter arrived and it was a thick one I knew it was good news.”

“Jane Rowley (KGV Law Course Leader) gave me lots of advice on the interview process and how to prepare for entry exams. My History teacher, Paul Finnigan has been really supportive too, and acted as a calming influence before my interview.”

All four students faced a gruelling interview process before receiving news they had been offered a place on the course.

If successful, Emily and Tess will follow in the footsteps of the 19 KGV students who have gone on to study Classics and Ancient History at Oxford since 2001.

Julia Clayton, KGV Classics and Ancient History Course Leader, said: “This is the icing on the cake following on from our recent Good Schools Guide Awards for outstanding teaching in the department.

“In several years, KGV has provided Oxford University with one-sixth of its entire intake for the Classical Archaeology & Ancient History degree course. Given that our students are competing for these places against students from top public schools like Eton, Harrow and Winchester, this isn’t a bad performance for a state-funded sixth form college on Merseyside.”

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