Three Cronton students are celebrating after being successful accepted onto the prestigious Pembroke North Scheme run by the University of Oxford.
Sophie Blackmore previously from the Grange School, Runcorn and Kerri Ashes and Kate Robson both from The Belvedere Academy all travelled to Oxford last month to take part in a rigorous interview programme in the hope that they would be selected to be part of this year’s Pembroke North Scheme.
The scheme is a programme of study created for sixth-form students to follow alongside their A-levels. It takes place over one academic year and follows a demanding and stretching academic programme of lectures and classes provided by Pembroke academics, as well as benefiting from mentoring by Pembroke students. At the end of the year the students will get to experience life at Pembroke College at a weeklong residential summer school.
It is designed to help students feel better prepared to make an application to the University of Oxford and other prestigious universities.
Sophie Blackmore said, “The questions in the interview were really analytical, after the interview had finished I kept thinking of my answers and wondered if I should have answered them differently, so I was really pleased when I received the email to say I had been offered a place.
“It is wonderful to have been offered the opportunity to apply for this scheme, it is one of the great opportunities I have had during my time at Cronton within enrichment and the academic study programmes.”
Luke MacMahon, Head of the Prestigious Universities Programme at Cronton Sixth Form College said, “I was incredibly pleased to hear the news of Sophie, Kate and Kerri’s acceptance on to the Pembroke North Scheme. They are all highly talented students whom I have no doubt will excel.
“Over the next year the students will be studying Politics, Philosophy, History and English Literature; attending seminars and lectures in London and Oxford. Not only will this give them the opportunity to discover what academic life at a top university is like, it will also be an excellent preparation for their UCAS applications in 2014.
“All three students could not have made a more positive start to their A Level studies at Cronton Sixth Form!’