The Thomas Hardye School

Ten Students offered places at Oxford and Cambridge


Oxbridge applicants

The Thomas Hardye Sixth Form is absolutely delighted that ten students have been offered places to study at the prestigious and highly competitive universities of Oxford and Cambridge for September 2015.

These offers have been made as a result of much hard work from the students and expert advice and guidance from staff as part of the two year Oxbridge programme which is part of the Futures provision at the Thomas Hardye Sixth Form.  In addition to the highest grades, students on the programme have been challenged to undertake extra reading and extra-curricular classes to extend and enrich their knowledge.  They have been coached to perfect their interview technique and have met with admissions tutors from both universities. 

This commitment has paid off for Lauren Jones, Matthew Lawson, James Canning, Stacey Newlin and Katie Neame who will be studying at Oxford and Fergus Johnson, Fionn Bishop, James Roe, William Powell and Imogen McConnell will be heading to Cambridge.

In addition to this, three hundred and fourteen students have made applications to UCAS to progress to university after their A Levels; this includes Ellie May Tate who has an offer to study Veterinary Science and  seven students hoping to study Medicine.  In the past two years over two hundred students have secured places at the competitive leading universities known as the Russell Group.  Our students receive the right guidance when selecting their choice of A Level to ensure the most appropriate progression for them. 
Our students are supported by their tutors under the expert guidance of Mrs Sainsbury, Director of Higher Education, and Mrs Over who has read and given guidance on hundreds of personal statements since September.

At a time when the government is concerned about the teaching of Maths at secondary level, five of the successful Oxbridge applicants have applied to study either Maths or Maths and Physics.  They have been supported in their applications by the Head of Maths, to enable them to compete with students internationally for these places and to pass the rigorous entrance exams for Mathematics.  For September 2015 the Thomas Hardye Sixth Form has over two hundred students who have applied to study Maths at AS Level when nationally the number is declining.  This week Fergus Johnson, Fionn Bishop and James Canning have all taken part in the British Physics Olympiad, they are at the second stage after already reaching the top 50 out of 2000 students.

Our excellent practice does not concur with Shadow Education Minister, Tristram Hunt’s theory, who, before Christmas stressed the need for teachers from the independent sector to support state secondary schools in securing places at these top universities and to share their expert subject knowledge.  Clearly the teaching and learning and the high level of subject specialist knowledge and expertise in our school is impressive and proving highly successful.  In addition to this Oxbridge success we have just celebrated our best A Level results last summer.

Success at every level and in every chosen pathway is celebrated at the Thomas Hardye School.  With three hundred and seventy in the current Year 13 much diversity has been catered for; the Oxbridge programme is only one strand of multi-pathway provision.  Back in June we invited forty local and national employers to run workshops on employability skills for the whole year group.  The day was supported by Thomas Hardye’s past students including Matt Caines who is now a journalist at the national newspaper, The Guardian.  In addition to places at Oxbridge, students will be starting apprenticeships, entering the employment market or travelling the world before committing to their preferred pathway.

High aspirations for all and expert advice and guidance is clearly proving highly successful at The Thomas Hardye Sixth Form.

Katie Taylor
Head of Year 13



January 2015