As University offers start to come in for our Upper Sixth formers, it is a source of great pride to announce excellent success on the Oxbridge and Ivy League front. Back in December, 12 candidates received early decision offers from some of the most competitive Colleges in North America and Canada, including Barnard College, Brown, Chapman, Columbia, Duke, Harvard (x2), McGill, NYU, UPenn (x2) and Stanford.

The Oxbridge news was even better, with Wellington candidates gaining 22 offers.

Dr Ruth Lexton, Wellington’s Head of Oxbridge Admissions had this to say: “As competition for places at Oxford and Cambridge becomes ever fiercer nationally, Wellington candidates continue to hold their own. We are delighted with the outstanding success of our candidates this year, achieving twenty-two offers (13 for Oxford and 9 for Cambridge). The extraordinary achievements of our candidates are highlighted by offers in a range of popular and highly contested courses including Cambridge Economics (two offers), Architecture and Natural Sciences, and Oxford Engineering (two offers), Biochemistry, and Law as well as three offers for English and one for English and Classics across both universities. With a dedicated Oxbridge Team and unparalleled opportunities for extension in all subjects, Wellington pupils are well positioned to shine. We are so proud of our brilliant candidates and could not be more pleased at this rich reward for all their hard work and commitment.”

James Dahl, Master of Wellington, had this to say in a letter to parents:

“Oxbridge offers have remained remarkably consistent over the past decade and our record with US Colleges has never been stronger. We are also finding that offers to Russell Group and other high-tariff UK institutions, which are popular with so many Wellingtonians, are very much returning to pre-pandemic levels as the swollen ‘Covid year groups’ start to graduate from our universities and normality resumes. As we prepare for the opening of our new Sixth Form Centre in the autumn we are thinking deeply about how we can support our Sixth Formers even better in their university applications and plans for life beyond Wellington; that said, it is reassuring to know that we are starting from a position of relative strength.”

Congratulations to all our successful pupils: as always, many outstanding candidates have just missed out, but we are just as proud of them and their efforts. We wish them all the best of luck as they enter the final stages of their academic journey at Wellington, and feel sure that their example will be a source of inspiration to the younger members of the College.