The Spring term traditionally heralds the beginning of our Year 13 pupils receiving good news about their university applications. This year has been no exception.

Pupils have applied for some of the most competitive universities and courses in the country with seven receiving offers from Oxford and Cambridge, in subject areas ranging from Modern Foreign Languages to Engineering, Physics and Natural Sciences. Congratulations to Dominic Ager, French and Italian (Lincoln, Oxford); Matt Bryan, Engineering (Magdalene, Cambridge); Daniel Fremantle (OP 2019), Spanish and Portuguese (Trinity, Oxford); Tilly Goldman, French (St Hilda’s, Oxford); Felix Johnson, Philosophy, Politics and Economics (University, Oxford); Alistair Wilson, Natural Sciences (Emmanuel, Cambridge); Freddy Wood, Physics (St Peter’s, Oxford).

Alongside these, 14 pupils that applied for Medicine and Veterinary Science courses and 17 applicants for Engineering courses have received offers. To date, among the UK’s top-ranked universities, 27 pupils have received offers from Bath, 17 from Durham, six from Imperial College London and four from St Andrew’s. Large numbers of our pupils have received offers from all five of the universities they have applied to. PGS pupils also continue to maintain an international perspective, with applications to universities in the United States, Canada and Italy. In addition, a number of Year 13 pupils are exploring pathways beyond the university sector, in particular degree apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships that offer increasingly dynamic opportunities. We will, of course, continue to support our Year 13 pupils to ensure that their next step after PGS takes them where they want to go following the changes to public examinations for this summer.

It is not only Year 13 who have been looking beyond their time at PGS. This term we welcomed 500 people to the 2020 PGS Universities Fair, where they had the opportunity to talk to representatives from nearly 40 of the UK’s leading universities. The Sixth Form Centre was packed, as pupils from Years 11 and 12 explored the dizzying range of opportunities.

The visiting universities commented very positively about the enthusiasm and engagement of the PGS pupils that they spoke to.

Pupils and parents also had the opportunity to listen to a presentation from Emma Gotz about the exciting possibilities offered by degree apprenticeships as an alternative pathway to university. Dr Anne Cotton, offered invaluable advice about what selective universities are looking for in successful applicants, while Dr Martin Grossel, of Christ Church, Oxford, outlined what makes the Oxbridge application process unique. PGS’ Head of Careers and Universities, Mr James Burkinshaw, explained the UCAS process, including key dates and deadlines.