A Winchester sixth-form college is celebrating 54 Oxbridge offers.

Sara Russell, principal of Peter Symonds, is overjoyed with 54 of her students having the chance to study at either Oxbridge or Cambridge University.

The Oxbridge offer recipients came from 33 different secondary schools, including six students from Westgate and seven from Kings' School. There were 32 offers for Cambridge and 22 offers for Oxford, covering 25 different courses and 35 different colleges across the two universities.

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Here is the list of Peter Symonds students who have been given Oxbridge offers*:



Theodore Hickley

Madeleine Thomas

Aine Williamson

Giles Cooper Wilson

Felix Thomson


Leo Nicholas

Harry Wilson

Archie Smith

The Henry Beaufort:

Alice Eyssens

St Swithun’s:

Grace Burlison

Other Hampshire areas

Perins, Alresford:

Joe Hill

Thornden School, Chandler’s Ford:

Georgia Skiada

Nathan Lecomte

Adam Lee

Joy Wang

Gaia Balani

Wyvern School, Fair Oak:

Leon Binsted

Wildern School, Eastleigh:

Ashpreet Sandhu

Cantell Maths and Computing College, Southampton:

Duy Huynh

King Edward VI School, Southampton:

Evelyn Nagy

Upper Shirley High, Southampton:

Samah Jabir

Hounsdown Secondary School, Totton:

Florence Oeters

Priestlands, Lymington:

Olivia Elford

Ella Rayner


Lauren Brown

Bishop Challoner Catholic, Basingstoke:

Amber Softley

Robert Mays, Hook:

Olivia Wilson

The Costello, Basingstoke:

Isaac Owen

The Petersfield:

Ossian (surname withheld)

Cowplain Community School, Waterlooville:

Evie Taylor

Fareham Academy:

Hollie Rideout

St John's College, Southsea:

Maya Flint


Abingdon School:

Thomas Barnes

St Helens and Katharines:

Matilda Ley

Radley College:

Henry Batchelor


Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, Cardiff:

Iris Plane

Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls:

Rose Sinclair

*Please note the list only includes students who have given media consent.

Hampshire Chronicle: Principal Sara Russell with some of the Oxbridge potentialsPrincipal Sara Russell with some of the Oxbridge potentials (Image: Peter Symonds)

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Principal Sara Russell said: “This fantastic set of 54 Oxbridge offers is testament to the talent, resilience and sheer hard work of our students. It is incredibly difficult to balance the co-ordination and submission of a successful Oxbridge application with demanding A Level study. It takes determination and focus and a real hunger to succeed.

“Competition for Oxbridge places is fierce with complex and demanding entrance criteria. Applications involve serious amount of preparation and support and helping students navigate the process is a real college-wide effort. We draw on the wealth of our in-house experience and resources to help students craft their applications to the highest standards, under the leadership and guidance of our dedicated Oxbridge tutor.

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“Students draw on extensive and varied support including subject-specific enrichment activities and Oxbridge workshops, interview masterclasses with the drama department, gruelling mock interviews with college staff and governors, ongoing industry from our careers team and rehearsal and practise with experienced musicians in the college’s professional music studio.

“We are not a selective college and welcome a diverse range of students from a wide variety of backgrounds. We have a proven track record of enabling students to ascend to the next chapter in their Oxbridge ambitions. We are proud of all our students but today, we recognise our Oxbridge successes. We congratulate them and also the families and friends who have supported them on their Oxbridge journeys so far.”

Students will be studying subjects from Asian and Middle Easter Studies, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, French and Linguistics, Modern and Medieval Languages, Natural Sciences, Psychology and Behavioural Sciences as well as more traditional subjects like Classics, History, Law, Maths and Music.

Grace Burlison, previously from  St Swithuns School, said: “Although the application journey is challenging at times, it provides exceptional opportunities to find your true passion for a subject both in and away from the A-level course. Support from the science department with personal statements and finding extension opportunities was invaluable, and it really helped me feel more confident throughout the whole process.

"By applying you gain invaluable experience, and no matter the outcome you will have gained so much by just taking the risk.”

Leon Binsted, previously from Wyvern College, said: "I am particularly thankful to Julian Foster for taking some of his own free time to deliver very intriguing and compelling biological lectures which inspired me to further explore related themes and cemented my interest in biochemistry."

Harry Wilson, previously from Kings School, said: "Firstly, I would like to take this as an opportunity to thank Julian Foster a biology teacher who retired at the end of last year. Alongside other medically focussed groups Julian ran our biology extension lectures; his passion for biology is infectious and he brought in some remarkable speakers who helped fuel my interest. I would also like to thank the PSC governors who, despite being extremely busy individuals, take time out of their day to give Oxbridge applicants mock interviews which is immensely valuable.

“Overall, the process is extremely demanding but also incredibly rewarding and I’m very grateful for the opportunity of an offer. To anyone out there considering applying I would say just go for it, if you don’t apply, you’ll never know."