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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Leading unis make offers to star Ulverston students

THREE Ulverston students are celebrating receiving offers from some of the world’s leading universities.

The Ulverston Victoria High School sixth formers have conditional offers for the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge.

Harry Musker is aiming to study maths at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Headgirl Eloise Abbott is hoping to secure a place at Mansfield College, Oxford, to study philosophy, politics and economics, while Jamie Bryson aims to read history at Queen’s College, Oxford.

Harry needs two A* and an A and to pass the STEP II and III maths exams. The 18-year-old said: “I’m feeling good, but there’s going to be a lot of hard work. My family are very pleased for me. I’ve always enjoyed maths but I don’t think I would have applied if my teachers had not talked about it because it’s always seemed out of reach. It would be incredible to go to Cambridge.”

If successful, Harry would join former UVHS students Henry Moss and Sam Tickle who study maths at Cambridge.

Eloise, 17, who needs three As, said: “I’m really shocked and surprised. There’s a lot of hard work to do. Everyone at school has been very helpful. To study PPE at Oxford just sounded too scary. It was only in Year 12 that I decided on PPE and applied for Oxford. I did an entry exam and I had three interviews. I was asked if I would destroy the works of Shakespeare or the moon.”

Jamie almost did not apply for Oxford as he achieved two As and two Bs in his AS results. The 18-year-old, who needs three As at A-Level, said: “I’d be really happy to get a place. I felt surprised to get an offer because I thought the interview had gone badly. My history teachers have been very supportive.”

Elden Morrow, 17, has an unconditional offer to study English Literature at the University of Birmingham, a Russell Group university. Elden, who hopes to achieve an A* and two As, said: “It’s really good to have an unconditional offer because it takes the stress off the exams. You still have the goal to achieve the grades, but without the added pressure.”

Eight UVHS students got interviews at Oxford and Cambridge.

Rob Rastelli, head of the UVHS sixth form, said: “These are four fantastic students, but we are brimming with very talented students.”

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