A programme of support for gifted and talented students at East Norfolk Sixth Form College is reaping the rewards with another fantastic number of Oxbridge offers. 7 students have already been offered places at Cambridge and Oxford Universities for September 2018, to read subjects including Medicine, Maths, Natural Sciences, English Literature, History and Politics and Chemistry. 

Offers include Maths (Joseph Windsor-Freeman and Jake Dixon), Natural Sciences (Kerry Legg), English Literature (Elicia Aitken) and History and Politics (Cody Abel) at Cambridge as well as Chemistry at Oxford (Jack Collins).

These students have been supported throughout their time at the College by the Extend Programme, which is planned specifically to offer specialist advice and support for competitive UCAS applications for courses at Oxbridge and other courses such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. This also includes “post-offer” support such as practice for their admissions STEP papers through links with a Maths admissions tutor at UEA for regular tutorials and additional “Maths Extra” support at College with the Curriculum Team Leader for Maths and Physical Sciences (a former Cambridge Maths student). The Extend Programme supports peer mentoring and Year 13 students will be visiting Year 12 tutorials to offer support and guidance with making competitive applications.

East Norfolk has always had an extremely strong track record of getting students into university and offers extensive support to all students, encouraging them to make applications through the UCAS system. The College is very proud of all the students receiving offers for Russell group universities, but is also proud of the fact that extensive support is available to all students and progression rates to university overall.

EN Principal, Dr Catherine Richards, said: “At EN, we have a fantastic track record of seeing our student’s progress to some of the top universities in the country. We are above the average for England for supporting our students into HE at 52% and above the Norfolk average for supporting students to the top third universities. This puts EN’s success rates among the best locally and nationally.”

East Norfolk Sixth Form College students have entered into national competitions and awards such as the Youth STEMM Awards, Chemistry and Biology Olympiads UKMT Senior Maths Challenge and the Linguistics Olympiad. As a result, numerous students have won awards and prizes that help them to stand out with their university applications in what can be a very competitive field. EN students also have the opportunity to take part in prestigious summer schools and are involved in the Norfolk County Council Higher Education Scheme.

Dr Richards added, “To help prepare our students for the process of applying to some very prestigious and competitive institutions, we support them at every step of the way. The Extend Programme is unrivalled locally and every year we see it evolve, offering lots of extra opportunities to students across all curriculum areas.”

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