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Peter Symonds Students Celebrate an Incredible 54 Oxbridge Offers

Principal Sara Russell with some of the Oxbridge offer holders
Principal Sara Russell with some of the Oxbridge offer holders

Peter Symonds students are celebrating their incredible haul of 54 Oxbridge offers to study at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Students will be studying a diverse range of subjects from Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology; French and Linguistics; Modern and Medieval Languages; Natural Sciences; Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, as well as the more traditional subjects of Classics, History, Law, Mathematics and Music, among others. 

At a glance: 

  • 32 offers were received to study at the University of Cambridge
  • 22 offers were received to study at the University of Oxford
  • successful students originated from 33 different secondary schools
  • Symonds students secured offers to study 25 different courses
  • the 54 offers were received from 35 different colleges across the two universities.

Principal, Sara Russell, said: “This fantastic set of 54 Oxbridge offers is testament to the talent, resilience and sheer hard work of our students. It is incredibly difficult to balance the co-ordination and submission of a successful Oxbridge application with demanding A Level study. It takes determination and focus, and a real hunger to succeed. 

“Competition for Oxbridge places is fierce with complex and demanding entrance criteria.  Applications involve serious amounts of preparation and support, and helping students navigate the process is a real college-wide effort. We draw on the wealth of our in-house experience and resources to help students craft their applications to the highest of standards, under the leadership and guidance of our dedicated Oxbridge tutor. 

“Students draw on extensive and varied support including subject-specific enrichment activities and Oxbridge workshops; interview masterclasses with the Drama department; gruelling mock interviews with college staff and governors; ongoing industry insight from our Careers team, and rehearsal and practise with experienced musicians in the college’s professional music studio.                                             

“We are not a selective college and welcome a diverse range of students from a wide variety of backgrounds.  We have a proven track record of enabling students to ascend to the next chapter in their Oxbridge ambitions.  We are proud of all our students but today, we recognise our Oxbridge successes.  We congratulate them and also the families and friends who have supported them on their Oxbridge journeys so far.” 


The number of Peter Symonds students who are offered places to study at Oxford or Cambridge is comparable to leading private and selective schools.  The College regularly features as one of the country’s top five feeder institutes to Oxbridge. 


Posted: 22 February 2024

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