Oxbridge on the cards for sixth form students

Blackpool Sixth form students Martha Hirst, Rachel Leech, Chloe Wakelin and Jack Renshaw.
Blackpool Sixth form students Martha Hirst, Rachel Leech, Chloe Wakelin and Jack Renshaw.
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THESE brainy Blackpool students are knuckling down to some serious study after being offered places at some of the world’s top universities.

Cambridge University, ranked as the UK’s top high education establishment, has offered places to six Blackpool Sixth Form College students.

And a seventh student has been offered a place to read a degree in the sciences at Oxford University, ranked as best in the country for medicine.

The teenagers have been offered places on a range of courses, from Law to Land Economy, due to start in September this year.

Jack Renshaw, from Layton, and Rachel Leech, of Warley Road, North Shore have both been offered places to study Geography.

Rachel, a former Unity College pupil, said she couldn’t believe her eyes when she received word from the university whose alumni includes David Attenborough, Stephen Fry and Stephen Hawking.

The 18-year-old said: “I was so surprised to have gained an offer from Cambridge, I had to read the email three times before actually believing I had read it correctly.”

High flyer Lucinda Denney, from Harrow Avenue, Fleetwood, has already been offered a four-year scholarship, worth £60,000, to study at Yale, the American Ivy League University.

But following an offer from Cambridge the 18-year-old now has her pick of whether to continue her studies in Social and Political Sciences at home or to travel to the USA.

Martha Hirst, 18, from Cleveleys, has been offered a place to study Law, while Sarah Caulfield, 18, from Bispham, has been offered a place to read English.

Martha said the opportunity being offered to them was amazing.

She added: “Apart from extending my knowledge in a fascinating subject, I think what I’m looking forward too most is living in a beautiful and historic city as well as having the chance to access some amazing opportunities.”

And Chloe Wakelin, 18, from Marton, has the offer of a place at Oxford University to read Biological Sciences.

Former Sixth Form student Caitlin Mackridge, 19, has been offered a place to read Land Economy at the Russell Group University, and is set to take up her place following a gap year in France.