We are delighted to have heard that 4 of our current students have passed the initial entrance tests for Oxford and Cambridge and have therefore been invited for interview in the first week of December. Their choice of courses vary from English (Lola Beal and Iona Brooke) and History (Natasia Leggett) at Oxford to Engineering (Virginia Cangelosi) at Cambridge – we wish them all the very best for their interviews.
Meanwhile we are also thrilled to have news of last year’s students who are currently at Oxford – Jo Gregory, (Exeter College, History) and Anna Gee (Somerville, Biological Sciences). Their term has been short and crammed with work but both are doing well and enjoying the range of opportunities on offer at Oxford. Jo has sent us a brief message reporting that “I don’t think I’ve ever read so much in such as short space of time and the library has now definitely become my second home. I can’t complain because (and I did not realise this until I got here) the History Faculty Library is in the Radcliffe Camera which isn’t such a bad place to work! Both my tutors are very lovely and the tutorials themselves, although quite intense, I have only three a fortnight and weren’t quite so terrifying as I thought they were going to be. I’m really enjoying the course topics themselves and I’ve chosen another medieval paper for next term which I’m very much looking forward to. I also met with Anna Gee not long ago; she is really enjoying herself too and it was very lovely to see someone familiar”. She has been doing some thought provoking work such as a discussion on ‘To what extent are constructions of national identity gendered?’ and for the week on women’s history it was ‘Has the rise of gender history made women’s history superfluous?’ Something which might well provoke a lot of discussion in our own history lessons!
Jo is also involved in a project called Reach-Out South West because, currently, students from the south west are the most underrepresented group studying at universities in the UK. Although it is aimed at non-selective state schools, she is keeping us informed of its work so that we can help and encourage our students with their applications. Jo is also hoping to contribute something to the project website.
Tegan Louis Puttick is set to take up her place at Cambridge next September after her exciting gap year in Senegal. She will be reading studying Human, Social and Political Science at Churchill College, Cambridge and we wish her well and hope to hear about her exploits upon her return from Africa.
We welcome news from other recent old girls – teachers always curious to hear about the paths their students take after leaving so please do keep in touch.
Ms C Eales-White