Ten high achievers from Richard Huish College have their sights on Oxford and Cambridge Universities in a diverse range of subjects from Medicine and Philosophy, to Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. The successful students who have gained offers for these highly sought-after places from two of the world’s most elite universities have come from a variety of schools in Taunton, Wellington and further afield.

Richard Jones, Head of Careers at Huish, said: “An application to Oxford or Cambridge Universities requires dedication to academic studies and a commitment to a significant amount time spent on Academic Enrichment.  This Enrichment is open to students as soon as they have their interview at Huish. Throughout the two years spent studying with us, they have the opportunity to complete an Extended Project Qualification, develop their critical thinking skills, participate in trips to both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, take part in specific medical preparation classes and hone their interview skills with mock interviews by visiting academics. This support from day one certainly helps our students make a competitive application.”

This year sees an even split of five students heading to each of the Universities. Receiving offers from Oxford University are Matt Kingdom, former Bishop Fox’s School pupil, who has an offer to read Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Somerville College. From The Castle School, Charlotte Smith has been awarded a place to read Medicine at Magdalen College and Sophia Cerullo, a place to read English Language and Literature at Keble College. Lottie Radford, former Court Fields School pupil from Wellington, has been offered a place at Queens College to read History and English.

Two former Kingsmead School pupils have successfully gained offers, heading to Oxford is Justin Vyvyan-Jones, who has a place to read Classics and German at St Hugh’s College, while Jeremy Pearson has a place to read Philosophy at Jesus College, Cambridge.


Students with hopes of Oxford


Oxford Group – Charlotte Smith, Matt Kingdom, Justin Vyvyan-Jones & Sophia Cerullo

Also with offers to Cambridge are Valeria Samsonova, from Wellington School, who has an offer to read Natural Sciences at Newnham College and Ellie Fox, former Queens College pupil, will read Geography at Fitzwilliam College. Sophie Warner-Housego, former Exeter School pupil, has an offer to read Modern and Medieval Languages at Newnham College, and from Heathfield School, Charlotte Newman has received an unconditional offer to read Human and Political Sciences at Gonville & Caius College.


Students hoping to go to Cambridge

Cambridge Group – Charlotte Newman, Ellie Fox, Sophie Warner-Housego & Valeria Samsonova

Principal John Abbott commented: “We are extremely proud of what these students have achieved in a climate of increasing competition and with the added pressure of entrance exams and an intensive interview process. They have progressed to Huish from a diverse range of secondary schools and their success is down to their hard work and the commitment from specialist support tutors at Huish who ensure all students achieve beyond what they might expect.”

As an Ofsted Outstanding college, Richard Huish College is committed to delivering exceptional teaching and learning to support learners to fulfil their potential.

High achieving students with offers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities


High achieving students with offers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities