From Ardingly to Oxbridge

Ardingly to OxbridgePhoebe Tuckett, who already has an A* in Maths A Level and is doing Further Maths, Politics and History A Levels this summer, has received an offer to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at New College, Oxford. Her passion for politics and current affairs has been fuelled by the momentous developments within Europe and the USA. Phoebe, who lives in Haywards Heath, joined Ardingly College from St Paul’s Catholic College in Burgess Hill. 

Julien Vermeersch, originally from Ghent in Belgium, is studying for the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Ardingly College and he has been offered a place at Homerton, Cambridge, for Land Economy. It is a course that he says combines his interest in geography, the law and economics, and keeps his options open for any future career. When not working, Julien plays hockey for the school’s 1st team and also enjoys football, golf, reading and current affairs.

IB student Giulia Zileri has a place at St Benet’s, Oxford, to read Classics. From Turin in northern Italy, Giulia came to Ardingly because of its ‘excellent’ International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and the welcoming, supportive atmosphere she encountered when first visiting. Giulia made Oxford her first choice university because she says it has the biggest and most respected Classics department in the world with the greatest selection of specialist study options too.

The successful students will be joining an impressive number of former pupils currently at Oxford and Cambridge. These include Milo Thursfield – who gained the highest score possible of 45 points in his IB Diploma last year – and Maddie Moore, reading PPE and Persian Studies respectively.  Millie Elwin is at Merton reading Classics, Kasper Verkammen is at Balliol reading Economics and Management, and Ann Kathrin Henning is reading History.  At Cambridge, Philip Binns and Benedict McConnell are both reading Natural Sciences, while Jon Shoesmith is studying Medicine.