Leaving west Cornwall for 'Oxbridge'
SIX scholarly students are set to leave west Cornwall and join two world-renowned universities.
For the first time in a decade, students from Penwith College, Penzance, have been offered places to study at Oxford or Cambridge.
The students, Rachael Kitson, Sam Symonds, Tom Bottomley, Joe Wilkinson, Tamsin Hichens and Sam Whitby have chosen a diverse range of subjects to read, from history to mathematics and veterinary medicine.
"I am the first person in my family to apply to university," said Tamsin, who lives in Pendeen and wants to study veterinary medicine.
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"Getting into veterinary medicine is competitive anywhere.
"I am very pleased to have received an offer from Cambridge as it is a top class university and I feel I can succeed there."
The six are among 20 Truro and Penwith College students who made the Oxbridge grade – the highest number of offers in a single year for the Cornish college.
"Naturally I am absolutely delighted with the success of our students at both our Truro and our Penzance sites," said Martin Tucker, director of Penwith College.
"In relation to Penwith College, this is a very significant achievement, and another milestone moment for the merged institution, being the first Penwith offers received for Oxbridge in a decade.
"This is further evidence of the exceptional quality of teaching and learning and the excellent opportunities now available at this college."
The college provides specialist support for students wanting to apply to Oxford and Cambridge including trips to the universities, pre-interview test support and mentoring.