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Updates from the UCAS Desk

As our Upper Sixth pupils approach the final stages of their academic studies, we have been delighted to see this year group receive a fantastic array of offers following their UCAS applications.  

The university application process is lengthy, and requires significant time and research. At St John’s we work closely with our pupils throughout this process to ensure they are well informed, have explored the options for their future pathway and are able to make decisions that will allow them to realise their academic and career ambitions.   

This year the Upper Sixth pupils worked hard to submit a high standard of applications and have been rewarded with a superb set of university offers. A large number of pupils received offers from all five of their university choices and offers have been received from the most competitive institutions: seven pupils have had offers from Oxford and Cambridge and Durham, Birmingham and Exeter remain among the most popular potential destinations. While economics, engineering and business related degrees are high on the list of preferred subjects for further study, there is also real breadth and diversity in the areas being pursued which range from film to ancient history.

Rowena Cole, The Head, comments: “Our intention is to support every pupil to achieve their own goals; we don’t prescribe what success looks like but we do encourage them to be aspirational and to work hard so that every individual can be proud of their own achievements. I’m delighted for our pupils who have received offers from highly competitive institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge and equally pleased to see the pupils who are focussed on specific career paths, including medicine, dentistry, architecture and law, receive offers which will enable them to pursue those dreams.”

As the Upper Sixth turn their focus to consolidating everything they have learnt through their A level courses in preparation for their summer examinations, St John’s Lower Sixth pupils have started their own university application journey. Parents of pupils in that year group attended an informative talk about the process from a representative of Warwick University on 29 January and pupils received a similarly informative lecture on 6 February from Birmingham University.