University of Columbia
Columbia University

St Mary’s girls look set to continue their excellent record of entry to the finest universities in the UK this year, with 75% of all girls applying receiving offers from four or more of their five choices and well over half the girls who applied for Oxford or Cambridge receiving offers. Those applying to Oxbridge have received offers to read History, Maths, Statistics, Biology and Human, Social, and Political Science (HSPS).

Offers from Russell Group Universities continue to make up the vast majority – another indication of the high calibre applicants we have at St Mary’s. Russell Group universities applied to include Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Imperial, Leeds, LSE, Manchester, Newcastle, Reading, St Andrews, UCL, Warwick and York. The range of courses being applied to is equally impressive – Sociology, Geography, Anthropology, Biomedical Sciences, Archaeology, Economics, Classics, Maths, Modern Languages with Japanese, Product design, Social Sciences, History, Law, English Literature, Philosophy and Politics, Theology, Chemical Engineering, History of Art, Medicine, German and Russian, Architecture, Chemistry, Physiotherapy and many more besides.

One very interesting development is the increasing number of girls applying to the USA. 2014 leaver Emilia achieved 11 offers from top universities (among them Brown, Duke, Georgetown, Tufts and William & Mary) including five scholarship offers, before finally accepting a place at Columbia University where she is likely to read ‘Comparative Literature and Society’.  Emilia was delighted with her place and thanked Dr Kirk and the teachers, tutors and house staff at St Mary's Calne: "There is no way that I could have had this success without the opportunities that my time at St Mary's provided or without your support, both during my time at school and since leaving."

Current UVI girl Clara has received offers from Syracuse University, Pratt Institute, University of Oregon and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to study architecture and Soso (UVI) has received offers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia Institute of Technology to study Chemical Engineering. These represent some of the most prestigious universities in the USA and the girls should be highly commended for securing offers from them. This highlights what I believe will become a growing trend among girls as they continue to seek out the very best courses wherever in the world they may be.

We would like to wish all of the girls taking their examinations this summer the very best of luck!

Mr Philip Jones, Director of Higher Education and Professional Guidance