Duo Secure Offers from Oxford

Two gifted students at Solihull Sixth Form College have achieved their dream of securing places at the University of Oxford after achieving outstanding A level results this year.

Amelia-Anne Carse, Principal Martin Sullivan and Pete Miller

Students Amelia-Anne Carse and Pete Miller have both been successful in their Oxbridge applications, after getting straight A* grades and completing a challenging application process. Amelia is taking up a place at Oriel College to study Engineering, while Pete has secured a place on the English Language & Literature course at Mansfield College.

Ex-Heart of England School pupil Amelia (aged 18 from Hampton-in-Arden) achieved her A* grades in A level Mathematics, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics. She explained:

“I’ve done better than I was expecting and it’s worth it now for all the stress I had in making an Oxbridge application. I had always considered applying to Oxford, so I visited Oriel College and fell in love with it! I really liked the style of teaching and the general nature of the engineering course. I also just wanted to see whether I could do it, but it’s a huge commitment. I’m looking forward to starting now. Getting these grades gives me confidence for the challenge ahead.”

Former Langley School student Pete (aged 18 from Solihull) secured his place at Mansfield College after achieving A* grades in A level English Literature, Fine Art and History. He commented:

“I’m very excited about going to Oxford. Going into the process, I felt like going to Oxford was only ever a dream that wouldn’t actually happen to me. I was scared, because I knew I really wanted to go and that the competition was fierce, but I was also surprised at how much I enjoyed it all. It really helped me to know for sure that English was what I wanted to do at university.

“Mansfield College is a really cool college and it has a lot of state school students like me there, as well as lots of young people of colour. I’m going to be able to study a lot of poetry there, which I love and it’s a very friendly place. I met one of the tutors when I visited and she was great and the College has excellent links with Mansfield College too, which is good. I’m hoping this will lead to a Masters and a Doctorate and I might look to become a Professor in the long term.”

College Principal Martin Sullivan added:

“This is fantastic news and I want to offer both Amelia and Pete the congratulations of everyone at the College. Even undertaking an Oxbridge application is a challenge and Amelia and Pete have had to work hard on their applications and then face entrance exams and interviews. To get through that process and then beat off competition from some of the brightest young minds not just in this country but from around the world is something to be truly proud of. There is then pressure to achieve the grades required and they have done that in style.”

While applying is a very competitive process, both Amelia and Pete agree that trying is very worthwhile. Pete’s advice is: “Apply for what you absolutely love and it will shine through your application. Apply even if you feel like you won’t get in – you never know! Most importantly, when you are applying its ok to be worried about rejection and feel like everyone else has such a better chance than you – just remember that everyone is in the same boat and as long as you put time into wider reading and preparing for your entrance exam then there is no reason why you shouldn’t get in.”

Amelia added:

“It is a huge commitment but really helps develop both academic and life skills – regardless of an offer. The entrance test and the interviews are both very difficult but the college will be very supportive.”

15 August 2019