Dazzling Dozen

King’s academics have enjoyed one of their best ever years for Oxbridge offers with 12 students set to go up to England’s two oldest universities.

In the battle of the sexes, the boys proved they could match the girls with both young men and women earning six offers each, across a wide range of traditionally tough subjects.

Principal of the King’s Sixth Form, Ruth Roberts, said: “At a time when increasing competition from overseas students means entry is all the more challenging, this is quite simply a stunning set of results from an extremely talented cohort of students.”

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On the first step from left to right are: Joanne Collins, 18, who has an offer to read Law at Newnham College, Cambridge. A qualified sailing instructor, Joanne wants to become a human rights lawyer. Tom Rheinberg, 17, has an offer to read Classics at Worcester College, Oxford. Tom, who has won a sponsorship from Ernst and Young, wants to go into finance or the law. Tom Meadows, 17, who has an offer to read Linguistics at Downing College, Cambridge and hopes to go onto study for a Master’s and then a PhD.

On the second step are: Anna Townley, 17, who has an offer to read Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at Oriel College, Oxford. A grade 8 flautist and Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award winner, Anna wants to be a research scientist. Richard Southern, 17, has an offer to read Medicine at Pembroke College, Cambridge. A gold medallist in both the senior Maths and Physics challenges, Richard wants to be a surgeon.

On the third step are: School Captain George Crummack, 17, who has an open offer from Oxford to read History. Winner of the prestigious Manchester Latin Prose Reading competition, George wants to be a diplomat. Kate Garnett, 17, has an offer to read Veterinary Medicine at St. John’s College, Cambridge. A national trampolinist and Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award winner, Kate wants to specialise in equine medicine. Alex Swift, 17, has an offer to read History and English Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford. A King’s chorister for seven years and a veteran of the King’s polar expedition, Alex wants to travel.

On the back row are: Laura Venables, 17, who has an offer to read Economics and Management at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Captain of the King’s netball team and a member of Macclesfield’s Pink Ladies team, Laura wants ‘to be a mover and shaker in the business world.’ Max Hayward, 17, has an offer from St. Peter’s College, Oxford to study Economics and Management and wants to be a billionaire philanthropist. Charlotte Harrop, 18, has an offer to read Engineering at Queen’s College, Cambridge and wants to be a Formula One race engineer. George Walker, 18, has an offer to read Modern History at Merton College, Cambridge. George, who was Head Boy in the King’s Boys’ Division, wants to work in the Foreign Office.

(Macclesfield Express, Wilmslow Express, Congleton Chronicle, Cheshire Life, Cheshire Independent, Buxton Advertiser, Macclesfield Today, Stockport Times)