Six of the Oxbridge Best
Tuesday 23rd February 2016 @ 09:59 by Becky Cahill
Ashton News
Ashton Sixth Form College is celebrating after six students were offered places at Oxford and
It has been a good year for languages with applications to study Spanish with Italian at Cambridge for Rhiannon Power and French with German at Oxford for Ellis Hesketh.
The humanities is also a strong choice for applicants, with offers to study geography at Oxford for
Annie Simm and history at Cambridge for Hannah Dyball.
Erica Davis has also received an offer to study natural sciences (biological) at Cambridge and Monica Dey has received an offer to study psychological and behavioural sciences at the University of Cambridge.
Karen Kennedy, senior tutor, mentored the Oxbridge students through the tough application process and is delighted with the success the students have achieved.
In return the students are especially grateful to Karen and believe that they could not have got through the process without her.
Monica said: “Karen is the best! She gave me the confidence to actually put my application through.
“She was even there on the phone the day I had my interview and helped to keep me as calm as possible – I was still nervous but having her on the line really helped a lot.”
The college is immensely proud of its students and the range of disciplines they have chosen.
Ashton Sixth Form offers students a strong enrichment programme and one which all of this year’s Oxbridge students have been involved in such as clubs, societies and a Student Ambassador Scheme.
Most of them have taken part in the college’s Raising Aspirations programme, which allows students to attend lectures and seminars delivered by an academic from over 17 universities for their chosen subject, as well as giving the students a chance to visit a university and see what university life has to offer.
On top of this the college also liaise with the prestigious Pembroke North Scheme, which this year has seen all six of the first year applicants secure a place, promising big things from next year’s students.
• The six successful students (pictured) and the colleges they will be studying at are: Rhiannon Power (who came from Saddleworth School) – Spanish and Italian, Cambridge. Erica Davis (formerly Hyde Community College) – Natural Sciences (Biological) at  Cambridge. Monica Day (Alder Community High) – Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Hannah Dyball (All Saints) – History, Cambridge. Annie Simm (St Damian’s) – Geography at Hertford College, Oxford. Ellis Hesketh (Droylsden Academy) – French with German at Magdalen College, Oxford.