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15th March 2012

DORCHSTER: Hardye students prepare for top university places

By Trevor Bevins

Ten Thomas Hardye School students have been offered places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. 

Each has been predicted to get A and A* grades at A level and have also sat entrance exams, submitted work and had several interviews before being offered their places. 

“We are particularly pleased that such a range of subjects are represented, with six of the places awarded to students studying Mathematics and Sciences. Two students were offered places to read music, Hettie Burn and Martin Weston,” said  James Baker, Director of Music at the Thomas Hardye School.

The full list of students is: Jonathan Bartett, Medicine, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; 

Hettie Burn, Music, Worcester College, Oxford; John Fernley, Maths, Corpus Christi College, Oxford; Victoria Howard, Chemistry, St Hilda’s College, Oxford; Ben Laird,  Natural Sciences, Pembroke College, Cambridge; Tim Lawson, Natural Sciences, King’s College, Cambridge; India Leeiming, Linguistics, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; Tom Stratton, Maths, Pembroke College, Cambridge; Hetty van Hensbergen, History, King’s College, Cambridge and Martin Weston, Music, Robinson College, Cambridge.

Richard Nicholls, Head of Year 13, said: “This is a great achievement for the school and we have maintained a high number of conditional offers following last year’s record figure. 

“More importantly this is a fantastic achievement for the individual students involved following not just months, but years of hard work and high academic achievement.”

Headteacher Mike Foley was delighted with the number of offers and said: “This is a continuation of the excellent record the school has built up over several years. 

“It is a reflection of the hard work of students and staff, high academic standards and the quality of the programme that is in place to prepare young people for applications to university. 

“Many other students have also received offers from other outstanding universities for very competitive courses.”

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