Shrewsbury School

Oxbridge Offers 2012

Tuesday 17 January 2012

The past few years have seen particular success in Salopian Oxbridge applications, with 17 offers in 2010 and 11 offers in 2011.  2012 follows on from this strength, with 11 pupils who have been offered places.

Some of our successful Oxbridge candidates

In addition, there are a couple of other more unusual Oxbridge success stories this year for former Salopian students, Karun Sandal and Alex Chamolly (further details below).

Shrewsbury's 2012 Oxbridge offers:

Oliver Antcliff (M) Oxford Pembroke Chemistry
Imola Atkins (MSH) Oxford Keble Theology and Philosophy
Henry Brereton* (Rt) Cambridge Robinson Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
Jack Flowers (I) Oxford Brasenose French
Mark Li (SH) Cambridge Caius Natural Sciences
Stephen Li (Rt) Oxford Open Biochemistry
Ellie Moodey (MSH) Oxford New Classics
Alasdair Pollock (I) Cambridge St John’s Geography
Tabitha Price (MSH) Oxford Exeter French and Spanish
Angus Thompson (G) Oxford Merton Classics
Nick Thompson* (G)* Oxford Trinity Classics

* Henry and Nick both have confirmed places, having taken their A Levels in 2011.

In addition to these 11 Oxbridge offers/places, we were delighted to hear that Karun Sandal (PH 2004-2008) and Alex Chamolly (Rt 2009-2010) were also successful in their applications.

Karun's story is a particularly unusual one.  He left Shrewsbury in 2008 at the end of the Lower Sixth, after receiving what he felt were disappointing results in his AS Levels in Maths, Spanish and Economics.  However, over 2 years later - at the start of 2011 - Karun decided to return to his A Levels, pursuing his real passion which was English.  Studying on his own, with the help of tutors, he was awarded an A* in Religious Studies A Level last summer, and for his AS Levels in History and Religious Studies he received A grades.

On the basis of these promising results, Karun decided to apply to Oxbridge to study English, and asked his former Fourth Form tutor here, Mike Schutzer-Weissman, for help in preparing him for the 'dreaded' entrance exam (ELAT). Karun has now been offered a place to read English as Somverville College, Oxford.

Alex Chomolly followed a path that a number of Salopian German students have taken, and joined our Lower Sixth for just one year, in September 2009. He then returned to his school in Germany to complete his education.  Alex has a place to read Maths at Trinity College, Cambridge.

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