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Ashton Sixth Form celebrates Oxbridge record-breakers
Tuesday 12th February 2019 @ 12:36 by Tom Greggan
Ashton Education News Tameside

Another record number of students at Ashton Sixth Form College have received offers from Cambridge and Oxford Universities.

The students, who have successfully secured offers, have completed one of the most competitive application processes in the world with the universities ranked the top two in the UK and worldwide.

The students who have received Oxbridge offers are currently supported by the well-established XL programme at Ashton. 

The XL programme is dedicated to high achieving students and pushes them to achieve both academically and personally, providing students with specialist tutorials to stretch and challenge them. 

Students also have access to a number of opportunities that further develop their skills and interests.A

Damian Windle, XL Manager said: “Congratulations to our seven Oxbridge offer holders this year – equalling the college record. 

“This achievement is testament to the hard work and effort that these students and the staff have put in. It is huge recognition of how being part of the XL programme can produce amazing opportunities such as these.”

XL students take part in mock interviews, Cambridge shadowing schemes, Oxbridge roadshows, master classes, consultancy days and more. 

The support sessions ensure the students applying to Oxford and Cambridge are given the best possible chance to succeed, alongside their outstanding academic record of achievement. 

Ashton Sixth Form College is currently home to the Stewart Sutherland Centre for Philosophy and World Religions in partnership with Pembroke College, Oxford.

While at Ashton, students are able to take additional qualifications such as the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), developing their  analytical and research skills and preparing for university-level thinking. 

Plus a Realising Aspirations programme at Ashton allows students to experience lectures and seminars from leading professors in their chosen field in the first year of their A Level studies, alongside a wealth of enrichment activities including guest speakers, visits and trips. 

The opportunities for students to build their profile and ensure they stand out to both universities and employers is constantly expanding.

The seven successful students are:

Vincent Allott, who attended Alder Community High School and is currently studying biology, chemistry, maths, physics and the EPQ. He has received an offer to study medicine at St Catherine’s College, Oxford University.

Maxim Burchill has received an offer to study classical archaeology and ancient history at Oxford University. He currently studies history, law, maths and the EPQ and began his education at Mossley Hollins High School.

Ronnie Ellison-Walsh began his early education at St Damian’s RC Science College. At Ashton he studies chemistry, geography and physics and has received an offer to study geography at Hertford College Oxford.

Ethan Prince has received an offer to study biochemistry (molecular and cellular) at New College, Oxford. He is studying biology, chemistry, maths and physics and began his early education at Droylsden Academy.

Esan Shafiq studies biology, chemistry, history and the EPQ. He studied at Great Academy, Ashton and has received an offer to study law at University College, Oxford.

Ben Speakman studies business, economics and geography, after beginning at Great Academy, Ashton. He has an offer to study geography at St John’s, Cambridge University.

Brent Norris studies biology, chemistry, maths and the EPQ at Ashton. He will be studying Veterinary Medicine at Robinson College, Cambridge. He began his high school education at Audenshaw School.