Oxbridge Offers

Congratulations to twelve Alton College students who have recently been offered places at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Following a rigorous application and interview process the students have been notified of their offers in a range of diverse courses from a plethora of colleges. The twelve offers represent a really successful year for Alton College students applying to Oxbridge and is testament to the successes of the new Aspire programme. As part of this, the students were aided in their applications by staff through the Applying to Competitive Courses programme. This course prepares students for the challenges of the university admission process, helping them to deliver an enhanced application to ensure they have the competitive advantage over other applicants, and also includes help with admissions tests. The Applying to Competitive Courses programme is part of the College’s Aspire Programme which enables high achieving students to maximise their potential to go on to study at the UK’s top universities and to study abroad. Within the Aspire programme, students are encouraged to aim high and meet, or exceed, their targets both within the classroom and in independent study. Students are stretched and challenged in the classroom and signposted towards opportunities for stretch and challenge outside the classroom.

This year’s applicants receiving Oxbridge offers include:

Zak Angell, previously at Eggar’s School, offered a place at Merton College, Oxford to study PPE

Daniel Beeston, previously at Eggar’s School, offered a place at New College, Oxford to study PPE

Katelyn Chelberg, previously at Robert May’s School, offered a place at Queen’s College, Cambridge to study Engineering

Stella Eyers, previously at Horsell High School, offered a place at Exeter College, Oxford to study History

Eva Greatorex, previously at Lord Wandsworth College, offered a place at Magdalene College, Cambridge to study Geography

Martha Kingsley, previously at Eggar’s School, offered a place at St John’s College, Cambridge to study Medicine

Peter Morris, previously at Eggar’s School, offered a place at Oriel College, Oxford to study Medicine 

Alfie Mowse, previously at Eggar’s School, offered a place at Queen’s College, Oxford to study PPE

Eleanor Taylor, previously at Alton School, offered a place at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge to study History and Politics

Jessica Wagstaff, previously at The Petersfield School, offered a place at Downing College, Cambridge to study Archaeology 


Progression support within the Aspire programme includes:

Applying to Competitive Courses (ACC) - Run by Dr Jenny Bray

A series of timetabled sessions in spring and summer terms to help students when applying to competitive university courses, including Oxford and Cambridge. Sessions include:

  • visiting speakers and previous College students from eminent universities including Oxford, King’s College and Royal Holloway
  • classroom seminars on subjects such as ‘What admissions tutors are looking for’, ‘Help with Personal Statements’ and ‘Wider Reading’

MedSoc - Run by Dr Jenny Bray

A College medical society for students applying for Medicine, Dentistry or Nursing. Sessions include:

  • Life as a Doctor
  • Choosing medical schools
  • Personal statement preparation
  • Medical ethics
  • Aptitude tests 

Oxbridge Support - Run by Yvette Wands

Oxbridge briefings - inform and motivate students in terms of researching courses, entrance requirements and colleges. Each student is allocated an Oxbridge Tutor to support the student in making their applications, particularly with pre-admission and at-interview assessments. Mock interviews are also arranged.

Maths Extension Course - Run by Dr David Lynch

Preparation for STEP (University of Cambridge Admissions Testing)

More information on what is involved in the Aspire programme can be found here