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Reasons to jump for joy

Sixth formers at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham have been celebrating news of their university offers.

On average 98 per cent of the school’s pupils achieve a place at university.

Despite a predicted national fall of about 5 per cent in full-time under-graduate applications, Christ’s Hospital says the aspiration of its pupils to go to university remains strong.

The school says lots of hard work still lies ahead of  students to achieve their grades, but they are now fully motivated to secure their places on first choice courses at some of the best universities in the country and overseas.

Their applications have resulted in offers to read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, Italian and Linguistics at Oxford, Biological Sciences at Imperial, Civil Engineering at Bristol, Geography at UCL, Mathematics at Oxford, Economics at Exeter, Politics and World Philosophies at SOAS, Philosophy at UCL, History at Durham, English at Oxford, and many others.

Last year, as reported in the Post, five of the school’s students went on to study medicine at university.

Peter Callas, Senior Grecian or Head Pupil at Christ’s Hospital is hoping to follow in their footsteps by studying neuroscience at Bristol University this September. He said: “After university I would like to work as a research scientist looking at specific neurological diseases. I am also considering taking a postgraduate medicine course after finishing neuroscience.

Headmaster John Franklin said: “We have high hopes for all our students and I am delighted with this excellent set of offers. With the new government guidelines for universities encouraging them to reach out to students from poorer neighbourhoods, we are very proud that our pupils, many of whom meet this criteria, are on track to do well in their exams and will have a bright future.”

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