SFG College students get places at top universities
Education: Secondary / Thu 2nd Feb 2023 am28 07:43am
YOUNG adults from Harlow are being offered places to study at the country’s most prestigious universities.
Sixth form students from Sir Frederick Gibberd College have applied to continue their studies at Russell Group Universities – seen as the best 24 education providers in the country.
Among the Year 13 students is Poppy Hazle who is the first from the new sixth form to secure a spot at Cambridge University, to study history and politics.
Poppy said “I cannot believe it; I am so happy!
“I wanted to speak to my family as soon as I received my offer. I didn’t believe it was real at first; I needed time to digest it. Now it has sunk in, I am really excited!”
The sixth form was opened by BMAT Education Trust in 2021 with a mission to get young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into top-tier universities.
Headteacher Dee Conlon said: “Many of the school leavers in Harlow are attracted to the sixth forms in Bishops Stortford and Hertfordshire. In the past, we have had students travel as far as Chelmsford to attend grammar school sixth forms. The cost, both time and financial, are huge for families and we wanted to help address this by opening a new sixth form.
“It looks like our academic rigor, focus on personal development and small class sizes have paid off as almost all Year 13 students have been offered places at Russell Group Universities. This is the first cohort to study in our sixth form and they set the bar high for future generations.
“I always say Gibberdians are going to change the world one day and here they come. I could not be prouder!”
Well done. It's about time Harlow had a high achieving sixth form on par with the ones in Bishop's Stortford. I hope there is also the emphasis on degree apprenticeships, too. These are just as hard if not harder to get into compared to university. Plenty of roles at the likes of Google, Facebook, Amazon, GSK, Cisco, Microsoft.
Congratulations and well done. You all have exciting futures ahead.
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