College toasts the achievements of Oxbridge offer students

By published 23 January, 2014 No Comments

The new term brought great news for five Prior Pursglove College students as they received their eagerly awaited offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge.

Vice Principal Robert Grierson with Oxbridge applicants Andrew Tweddle, Guy Boyde, Charlotte Summers and Tom Preston

Vice Principal Robert Grierson with Oxbridge applicants Andrew Tweddle, Guy Boyde, Charlotte Summers and Tom Preston

Prior Pursglove College prides itself on helping students achieve university places and in the last two years alone almost 1000 students have gained a university place.

The college has also developed a reputation for its Oxbridge success. Over the past six years, Prior Pursglove College has sent 20 Teesside students to Cambridge and Oxford.

In 2010 Grangetown twins David and Thomas Bradley (ex Gillbrook College) both clinched places studying natural sciences at Cambridge University after receiving identical A* grades.

Last summer Matthew Ball (ex Macmillan Academy) also took up a place at the same university. At the time, Matthew’s mother beamed: “Prior Pursglove College has been a great steppingstone for my children.” Matthew’s two sisters also gained competitive university places.

And this year, five further students have received conditional offers from Cambridge or Oxford.

One of the applicants, 18 year old Tom Preston (ex Rye Hills School), is the first member of his family to apply for an undergraduate place at university. The Redcar resident has received a conditional offer to study medicine, a highly competitive degree course, at Cambridge University. Tom commented: “To gain an offer on such a sought after course I was required to have lots of work experience. The work experience coordinator and careers advisors at Prior Pursglove College have given me fantastic support and advice along the way.”

The College organised work placements for Tom at James Cook University Hospital and at a local pharmacy. Tom also volunteers at Leonard Cheshire Disability Home in Marske, adding vital experience to his CV.

“I’m the first member of my family to be going to university – although my Mum is also starting as a mature student at Durham University. I think she felt left out!” continued Tom.

Another student who is also the first in their family to be going to university is 18 year old Charlotte Summers (ex Laurence Jackson School). Charlotte, who hails from Boosbeck, has received an offer to study natural sciences at Cambridge University. “I am very proud of my achievements and hope I can obtain the required grades,” she said.

17 year old Andrew Tweddle (ex Nunthorpe School) has his eyes set on Oxford University after receiving an offer to study mathematics. Andrew’s Mother similarly studied at Oxford University and he said: “The College have given me lots of support and encouragement, I was told to ‘go for it’ from the start.”

Andrew’s older brother David also attended Prior Pursglove College and is currently studying materials science at Sheffield University.

Guy Boyde (ex Laurence Jackson School) is hopeful his grades will earn him a spot at Cambridge University studying mathematics. Guisborough inhabitant Guy, 17, said: “There’s still a lot of hard work to put in before the exam period and I know that the College will give me great support to get there.”

Another high achiever, Loftus resident Lucy Allison (ex Sacred Heart School), 17, is hoping to take up her offer of biological sciences at Oxford University.

The students now need to achieve a selection of A* and A grades in order to take up their coveted offers.

Vice-Principal Robert Grierson said: “Competition for places at Oxford and Cambridge is tougher than ever which is testament to the achievements of Andrew, Charlotte, Guy, Lucy and Tom and the support they have received from our staff.

“Not only has Prior Pursglove College developed a reputation for sending students to Oxbridge, we also send hundreds of our students to universities across the country each year.”

The next open evening at Prior Pursglove College takes place on Wednesday 26th March. Prospective students can apply for a place online at

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