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St John's has enjoyed a successful year with applications to Cambridge University. Three pupils have now received conditional offers of places on a variety courses, reflecting the all-round excellence of our Upper Sixth this year.
James Barr (North House) has been offered a place at Clare College to read Spanish and Russian. James has been at St John’s since the start of the Fourth Form (Year 9), where he has excelled as a linguist. At St John’s he began learning Spanish without any prior knowledge, which he is now studying for A level alongside French and Economics. His decision to combine Spanish with Russian at university was prompted by his personal curiosity and interest in Russian culture, something the School has encouraged him to develop.
Rhianna Miller (Haslewood House) has received an offer to read Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Selwyn College. Rhianna joined St John’s at the start of the Sixth Form and is doing A levels in Psychology, Biology and Mathematics. It was here that she began learning Psychology formally for the first time and the School’s Psychology Department is delighted to see that she has decided to take her studies in the subject further.
Anna Semple (Gloucester House) has been offered a place to read Music at Trinity Hall. Anna joined St John’s in the Lower Sixth as an academic and music scholar. Since joining the School, she has learnt to play the organ, adding another instrument to a repertoire that already included the viola and the piano. Last term, she performed with the Škampa Quartet when they visited the School, on tour from the Czech Republic, while later this term she will be performing with the Vavello string trio and Schola Cantorum in Bloomsbury.
The media has emphasised the very competitive nature of applications and thus all three pupils have done very well to secure their offers. The School was particularly pleased with the ratio of offers to applicants at Cambridge this year, which averaged at almost one offer for every two pupils who applied. This compares to a national average of below one in six.
Each offer was, as expected for candidates applying from school, subject to pupils’ achieving A levels that ultimately include at least one A* and two other passes at A grade. The School will, however, be encouraging these pupils to try hard to surpass this minimum threshold and set their sights on attaining three A* grades.
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