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It's Oxford University for two RPA students!

posted 24 Jan 2018, 03:47 by Michele Colt
Two Richmond Park Academy students are Oxford-bound for the 2018/9 academic year. Charlotte Hall and Sophie Heath secured 8 A*/A results in their A levels at the end of last year and both have taken a year off before making their way to St Hilda’s and Balliol Colleges respectively. Both colleges have impressive pedigrees with notable alumni including MPs Gillian Shephard, Susan Kramer and Boris and Jo Johnson plus Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, three prime ministers and seven Archbishops of Canterbury.

Charlotte, a fluent German speaker, will be studying Dual Honours English and German and says, “ I am really looking forward to a university environment which encourages smaller debates and am very excited about exploring the texts chronologically and seeing how different movements across time influence each other.”

Sophie will be studying English Language and Literature and says, “I am really looking forward to studying medieval literature; I’ve never studied anything like that before and find the history really interesting.”

When asked what impact Richmond Park Academy has had on her journey Sophie added, “I’ve been at RPA since I was 11, so I do think I can owe most of who I am to the teachers and people I’ve met there. The teachers have always been motivational and pushed us to learn outside the curriculum. For example, I went to exhibitions on Russian art, read books about the Duke of Wentworth and watched talks on the romanticists. It really helped me to cement my learning.”

Principal, Paul Mundy-Castle who encouraged both students to re-apply to Oxford said, “One of our goals as a school is to have an expectation that our students will attend the best universities in the country. I did not expect it so soon but am delighted for both Sophie and Charlotte. Much of our A level teaching is operating in the top 10% of the country so it is gratifying to see that reflected in the outcomes our students achieve.”