Congratulations to the seven 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:-

Leanne Mabena (St Mary’s High School) – Medicine at Saint John’s College
Lewis Klieve (Aukland College) – Mathematics at Lady Margaret Hall
Jasmine Armstrong (Broughton Hall Catholic High School) – PPE at St Hilda’s College

Lewis Klieve said: “I received lots of support from my Maths Tutor, Khilan. This included looking over and making suggestions on my personal statement, weekly entrance exam practice lessons, a mock interview and interview skills lessons. This help was extremely useful to me.”

Cambridge Offers

Cambridge offers were received by:-

Holly Atherton (Loreto Grammar School) – English at Churchill College
Shea Rainford (De La Salle) – Law at Sidney Sussex College
Jessica Maclean (Sts Peter & Paul Catholic High School) – Geography at Murray Edwards College
Oluwakemi Akeredolu (Hillside High School) – Law at Corpus Christi College

Holly Atherton said: “I’m so grateful for the support college gave me. My HA+ Co-ordinator and subject tutors were always on-hand to read over my personal statement, my English Literature tutor helped me prepare for the online assessment and I was also offered two mock interviews; one in-person with tutors in the English department and the other online with an external English specialist. This was all invaluable when it came to applying.”

Head of the High Achievers+ Programme, Dan Saunders said: “The HA+ team are all really proud of the success of our 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+ Co-ordinators and subject staff. Congratulations!”

View a video clip of students talking about their offers

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


Back Row L-R Lewis Klieve, Leanne Mabena, Jessica Maclean, Jasmine Armstrong
Front Row L-R Holly Atherton, Oluwakemu Akerdolu, Shea Rainford