Congratulations to the Carmel students who have just received offers to study at Oxbridge!

The application process to study at Oxford and Cambridge is a rigorous one. As well as stringent entry requirements, the process itself is tough, requiring lots of dedication and preparation.

At Carmel we offer the High Achievers+ Programme which encourages and supports students who are applying to Oxbridge and other competitive institutions, as well as for highly competitive degrees such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. Delivered by our specialist High Achievers+ Co-ordinators, the Programme offers students activities, events and support throughout the year.

Oxford Offers

Students who have received offers to study at Oxford include former Cowley International student, Faith Wild who will study English at Lady Margaret Hall; Elisha Ainsworth from Rainhill High who will study Human Sciences at Keble College; Joseph Lester formally of St Francis Xavier’s College who will study Engineering at Hertford College and Rachel Christensen from Deyes High School who will study Law at University College.

Faith Wild said: “I really enjoyed my interviews, talking to expert academics about the subject I’m passionate about. They asked such interesting questions and we had some really interesting discussions. They were really approachable and overall it was a great experience. In the future I’d like to teach English abroad.”

Cambridge Offers

Cambridge offers were received by former Sts Peter & Paul Catholic College student, Ryan Smith who will study Engineering at Trinity College; Jacob Walsh from De La Salle who will study Medicine at Magdalene College; former Cowley International student, Lauren Welsby-Riley who will study Human, Social & Political Science at Homerton College and Claudio Mecklenburgh from Wade Deacon High School who will study Natural Sciences at Pembroke College.

Rachel Christensen said: Carmel provided excellent support throughout the application process. The High Achievers+ Co-ordinator for Law, Dan Saunders, was always happy to read through my personal statement and gave me really helpful comments to make it stronger. I was also able to do multiple mock interviews to allow me to gain the experience of answering the style of questions I would be asked. My future career ambition is to hopefully become a criminal defence barrister.”

Head of the High Achievers+ Programme, Dan Saunders said: “The HA+ team are all really proud of the success of our 8 students who will be progressing onto Oxbridge. This is the result of months of hard work and practice with the guidance of our fantastic HA+ coordinators and subject staff. Congratulations!”

Read more comments from our offer holders

Visit the High Achievers+ Programme web page to find out more about the support and opportunities available at Carmel College.

High Achievers Booklet

Not featured in the main image – Rachel Christensen