Congratulations to our six students who are bound for Oxbridge universities having attained an impressive 18 A* and six A graded A-Levels between them. Kiran Joshi, Victor Ho and Gautham Kumar are studying medicine while Callum Ward is reading science and George Robinson will be doing a maths degree. Kapil Tyagi is the only one of the group to be attending Oxford, having secured a place to read English at St Hugh’s.
They spent a huge amount of time preparing by doing past papers and going through the application process which included interviews and entrance exams. Now all their hard work has paid off.
George Robinson was our top performing student with A* grades in maths, further maths, additional further maths and physics plus an A in music. Cambridge often gets potential maths undergraduates to sit STEP (Sixth Term Examination Papers) so they can ascertain performance before offering conditional places and one of George’s tests secured him the fourth highest score in the country.
He said: ‘I am going to Gonville and Caius to study maths. I did prepare as there are three STEP papers per year, each one can take up to six hours and I did all of them since 1987, so that was a lot of past papers! The key to success is that you go home every night and practice and get up in the morning and try again, that kind of thing. It is a three-year course and if I am good enough to get into a masters then I will do four, but that is dependent on the university. We’ll see where it leads, hopefully into research or lecturing, that kind of thing.’
Callum Ward got A* in chemistry, maths, further maths and physics. He said: ‘I am going to study natural sciences. I am really pleased with the A* in further maths. I definitely didn’t expect it as that was one of the hardest subjects that I took. I wanted to go to Pembroke College because it is really close to the centre of Cambridge and I heard that it had the best food!
‘I liked both chemistry and physics so I wanted a course where I could study both. Afterwards it should lead in to most industry science professions. I would like to go into research but that might change however research is my goal right now. It has been a lot of work but all the hours of effort have definitely been worth it.’
Kiran Joshi achieved A*s in biology and chemistry and A grades in maths, further maths and physics. He said: ‘I am off to St John’s College as it is one of the best places to do medicine and Cambridge as it is one of the best places to study in the world. I did over 150 past papers and put each of them on a checklist and set myself a quota to work through each day. It took a few months to complete. I was up early in the morning and did past papers throughout the day and whenever I could in free lessons.
'Sleep is really important and I probably should have got more of that, but really it was all about dedication as A Levels are definitely exhausting. I will be doing a six-year degree course. I will get an extra degree in a science subject due to intercalation in the third year. I am just relieved to get these results and Miss Stringer was very proud and happy for me.’
Gautham Kumar got A* graded biology, chemistry and physics qualifications. He said: ‘I am studying medicine at Gonville and Caius, which is the same college as George. I will be doing a six-year degree course and, although I don’t know what I eventually want to specialise in, I may go in for surgery in the long run. It was a fairly even spread with regards to how much effort I put in to all my subjects but physics was uphill because I don’t do maths any more and it was a fairly maths heavy subject.’
Victor Ho got A* in physics, chemistry, biology and maths and a B in psychology. He is going to study medicine at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He said: ‘It is a six-year degree course as there is essentially a three-year placement at the end. You spend three years doing in-house university work. The first two years are doing science related to medicine and in the third year you branch out and do another degree of your choice. I don’t think there is any secret to these results, it is just setting your own expectations high for yourself. At the moment I am not sure what I will want to specialise in. I am going to use my university experience to learn which area of medicine I want to get into and I am going to celebrate by spending time with my friends.’
Kapil Tyagi got an A* in history and As in philosophy and ethics and English literature. He said: ‘I am going to St Hugh’s. I have absolutely no idea what I want to do afterwards, all I knew was that I wanted to study English at Oxford and anything beyond that didn’t enter my consideration. I had to do a horrendous amount to prepare including sitting an admissions test and submitting two essays and a piece of written work for consideration. I also had a week’s worth of interviews so it was a gruelling process, but definitely worth it.’