When considering which university to attend, many students aspire to study at one of the prestigious Russell Group universities including Oxbridge. In the recent BBC documentary, ‘Will Britain Ever Have a Black Prime Minister?’ presented by British TV and movie star David Harewood, Peter Symonds College in Winchester was named as one of the five main contributors of students to Oxford and Cambridge nationally. The other four institutions are Eton, St. Paul’s and Westminster independent schools and Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge. These five establishments send as many students to Oxbridge each year as 1,800 state schools and colleges combined.

This year, a record 1,469 Peter Symonds students progressed to university. Government statistics show that more Symonds students go to Russell Group universities than from any other institution in the country. This year, 558 students took up places at these top universities, which include Oxbridge. In fact, since 2000, an average of 47 Peter Symonds students per year have been offered places at Oxbridge.

Principal Stephen Carville says, "I am immensely proud of all of our students’ fantastic achievements this year. Our College motto is ‘Counting in Ones’ and we strive to guide and support every one of our students to achieve their best during their academic journey with us."

So what support does the College offer its students seeking to study at one of these prestigious institutions? One programme available to sixth form students is the HE+ Programme supported by the University of Cambridge. Peter Symonds College is the Hampshire Hub for this along with Bitterne Park School, Andover/Sparsholt College, Brockenhurst College, Itchen College, Portsmouth College, Havant College and Richard Taunton College all of whom benefit from the additional support offered by Trinity College, University of Cambridge, in the provision of application support from their Admissions Tutor and visiting lecturers. Hampshire is one of 11 hubs around the country. The overall goal of the project is to create an academic community with a sense of focus and purpose regarding higher education. Much of the teaching on the programme is led by Peter Symonds staff, with support from teachers from the other participating colleges, and talks from visiting academics from Cambridge.

Posted on 01/12/16 at 15:18

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