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Heading for the dreaming spires

As the end of term approaches and students and staff look forward to the festive period at least 7 sixth formers from Bishop Thomas Grant School will be preparing themselves for a December visit to Oxford or Cambridge for their university admissions interviews. Preparations for this started already last academic year when a group of A level students visited Somerville College in Oxford to meet tutors and current students, including former Bishop Thomas Grant School student Sade Clarke, now studying archaeology and ancient history at the college.

Since that time, under the guidance of the sixth form team our students have submitted their UCAS applications, sat a range of aptitude tests and survived a gruelling two weeks of intensive interview preparation ready for the challenge of meeting the Oxbridge academics on their home territory.

Good news for future Bishop Thomas Grant School medics and vets is that two students so far have also secured interviews for medicine and veterinary medicine schools - these two have also taken the interview preparation in their stride as they progress to their chosen universities.

We wish them luck in their interviews - one bonus of the early UCAS applications they have submitted is that without exception they have now already received offers of places from other top universities, often with reduced grades, so a good measure of success is already guaranteed.