Record UCAS applications at Cornwallis Sixth Form

A record number of students from Cornwallis Academy have applied to university in 2018.

A total of 62 applications have been made to universities, which constitutes 50% of the total year group.

The news comes hard on the heels of the school’s latest Ofsted report, which declared the Academy ‘good’ in all areas, but made specific reference to the Sixth Form.

The inspection report said current pupils were doing well across the whole school but singled out the Sixth Form, where students are now making more progress than those in other schools nationally. 

This means greater numbers go on to higher education, employment or an apprenticeship. 

Joe Sutton, Director of Sixth Form at Cornwallis Academy, said: “I am delighted to say that the hard work and dedication of our Sixth Form students and staff was recognised in our recent Ofsted report.”

The report stated: “Students speak highly of the careers information, advice and guidance they receive.”

The university application process started for students in March last year, when the Directors of Sixth Form discussed the options and support available to university applicants, supplemented with a visit to Canterbury Christ Church’s university fair and a personal statement writing workshop. 

Students are coached through the application and guided by the Sixth Form management team, their form tutors (all of whom are experienced UCAS referees), external speakers and the Academy’s partners from the University of Kent and Canterbury Christchurch University. 

Some notable successes include Head Boy George Watts receiving a conditional offer to study Physiotherapy at The University of Southampton, following a successful work placement at Medway Maritime Hospital. He has also received a reduced conditional offer from Brunel following a successful interview and also has an interview at Kings College London.

Stacey Wright has an interview at the Royal Veterinary College while Loughborough University has offered places to Brad Smith on its Sports and Exercise degree course and Reece Winter on its electrical engineering programme. Aby Gibbins has a conditional place at The University of Kent to study English and History.

Mr Sutton said: “We are immensely proud of all of our applicants and wish them every success in securing places at the universities of their choice.”

The Academy’s Ofsted report, issued in January, said that Cornwallis Academy was undergoing a “rapid journey of improvement”.

The school has seen improvements in students’ academic results, standards of behaviour and in the quality of teaching. Pupils are now making strong progress.

Inspectors commented on teachers’ strong subject knowledge and the fact the school, in Hubbards Lane, Linton, is striving to raise standards even further.