Tynemouth students celebrate landing Oxbridge places

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Three Year 13 students from Kings Priory School in Tynemouth are celebrating after being offered places to study at Oxford or Cambridge universities next year.

Eleanor On is to read philosophy, politics and economics at University College, Oxford; Rebecca Murta is to study natural science at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge; and Cameron Ramsay will do computer science at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Pictured, from left, are Rebecca, Eleanor and Cameron with principal Philip Sanderson.

Rebecca,of Whitburn, said: “It was very scary when I saw that I had an email from Cambridge. I almost didn’t want to open it.”

Eleanor, of Whitley Bay, said: “It still does not feel real that we have received offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge.

“We are extremely lucky, and I am not quite sure how we got to this position.”

Mr Sanderson said: “To be made an offer to study at our oldest and most prestigious universities is a fantastic achievement.

“Of course, this does not happen by accident and is through a real intellectual commitment to their subjects and beyond, combined with high-quality support from our staff.

“Thank you to those who have helped and congratulations to Cameron, Rebecca and Eleanor.”

Cameron, of Whitley Bay, added: “The support from the school has been great. Mr Sanderson in particular was a fantastic help. He encouraged us to go and see him to help with editing of personal statements and brought people in to help with us with preparing for our interviews.

“We definitely could not have done it without the support of the school.”

This latest success takes the number of Kings Priory School students to receive offers from Oxford or Cambridge since it opened in September 2013 to eight.