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Oxbridge offers flood in

Dated: 2 February 2016

Pictured from left to right - Joshua Downe, Pemi Arowojolu, James Zimaras, Blazej Czemerys, Erica Lee, Tyler Mustafa, Sandy Kershaw Brown, Joshua Hoffman and Rosa Gamble. Kaine Thompson, Jade Leung and Sascha-Lauryn DaCosta-Hinds also received offers.
As is the custom at this time of year, Oxford and Cambridge send out offers of university places to successful applicants and scores of Woodhouse students camp anxiously next to their letterboxes (or inboxes) to wait the arrival of news that is either fantastic or disappointing.
This year was another good year and Woodhouse students garnered a dozen offers - coincidentally, the same amount as last year, perhaps Oxbridge have a maximum quota for us...
Principal John Rubinstein was understandably pleased with the news...
"It’s a fantastic achievement for our students to secure offers from the two most prestigious universities in the country. Last year, 10 of our students accepted Oxbridge places and we hope all 12 will this year. Around 60 students applied this time (about 10% of the year group) - which shows the level of ambition at our college.
We find that students aspirations are higher than ever, especially as they will be paying so much for their education now. We offer them every opportunity to hone the written and interpersonal skills required to succeed in these competitive situations. In particular, we have dedicated staff to help with Oxbridge applications.
But of course Woodhouse is not all about Oxbridge, 95% of our students go on to study at many other great universities.
And indeed Oxford and Cambridge are not necessarily the very hardest universities to get into. Dozens of our students apply for medicine degrees at places like Imperial College London, and those applications can be even tougher. That’s why we run a ‘Medicine Academy’ scheme here, to support students year-round with the development of the right skills and knowledge for medical schools.
I couldn’t be more proud of these students and indeed any Woodhouse student who strives to be the best that they can. I think these success stories are not just the result of the excellent teaching we deliver at Woodhouse, but from the inclusive, vibrant and diverse community we endeavour to foster here."
 Blaze Czemerys has an offer to study Biochemistry at Oxford
“Getting an offer from Oxford came as a surprise to be honest. I was expecting a rejection purely because of how competitive it is.
My whole family lives in Poland and no one's really been to university. They're not familiar with the English education system so they're quite excited for me to be going to a place like Oxford. "
 Sandy Kershaw Brown has an offer to study Classics at Oxford
“The application process was very long. As well as a personal statement I had to submit two 2,000 word essays and sit an entrance test. They gave me a paper with a made-up language which I had to translate to test my comprehension of grammar. The most challenging part was a four-day process where I stayed at the college I applied to and ended up having 5 interviews!
Coming from being home-educated and then self-taught through my IGCSEs, I’d had very little preparation for applying to university, and the advice and encouragement I’ve received at Woodhouse has been invaluable. Last year the college helped me get a place on two summer schools, one at Oxford and one at Cambridge.
It still feels surreal to have an offer from Oxford. It’s very exciting.”
 Joshua Hoffman has an offer to study Math’s with Physics at Cambridge
"Neither of my parents went to university, so for me to get offered a place at Cambridge is quite a big deal to them!
The interviews were very intense. I had to pack three interviews and a math’s test into three hours, starting at 9am in Cambridge! That being said it was actually a really unique and enjoyable experience.
I’ve definitely an overwhelming sense of achievement. But it also helps to put into perspective just how important the two years I’ve spent at Woodhouse College are.
There has been continuous support for my Oxbridge application at Woodhouse since day one. I can't even count the number of mock interviews I've had, the amount of reading material I've been given or the number of challenges I've been set, all of which were a huge help."
Erica Lee has an offer from Cambridge to study Engineering
"I am very happy I got an offer. I will be the first in my family to attend university.
I am quite thankful for the super early UCAS deadlines that Woodhouse set, it meant I got that out of the way and had more time to complete the SAQ. I also had to do a subject test and the TSA as well as the interviews.
Teachers were very helpful by giving me mock interviews. I remember I had a mock interview in the maths office full of other teachers. I felt so nervous and embarrassed, but that definitely prepared me and helped me calm down for my real one.
Thanks to all my teachers for being so supportive and Woodhouse for being such a nice environment to study in."

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