Posted: 18 April, 2013

View from the Sixth Form Centre – April 2013

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Already the pace has stepped up yet another gear. Revision is in full swing as the girls turn their focus towards their AS and A2 examinations. Our Year 13 had a tremendous set of AS results last year, reflecting their hard work and the commitment and dedication of their fantastic teachers. Now there’s an atmosphere of excitement and nerves as they embark, with a real sense of purpose, on this last, but so meaningful, stage of their school careers.

Interestingly, I recently attended a conference where Mike Nicholson, the Director of Admissions for Oxford University, was the keynote speaker. Talking about the 264 courses available at Oxford, and the number of applications through the UCAS system in general, he confirmed what we already suspected – with 17,200 applications to Oxford University for 3200 places in 2012, competition is getting tougher and tougher each year. Students who would have secured offers five or six years ago are no longer doing so.  Once again, I felt relief and joy for our girls who have done so well in securing offers, for Cambridge and Oxford entry and for medical and veterinary courses.

Our World Class Universities programme is a highly effective and structured preparation programme. One very positive way in which we work at Putney is that we are never content to sit still. We are continually looking for ways in which we can increase our provision to support our students.

Hot off the press is the appointment of an Alumnae Liaison Coordinator which is an exciting new role looking to further our links with our Putney alumnae at university and beyond to help our current Sixth Formers to make informed university choices. Next year we hope our old girls will be on hand at Oxford and Cambridge to give girls tours of their colleges and universities and maybe even have time for a longer chat over lunch. So watch this space!

Suzie Longstaff, Head of Sixth Form

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