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Student’s gain places on the Oxford Pathways Programme

Student’s gain places on the Oxford Pathways Pr...

Three of our A Level students are celebrating after being accepted onto the prestigious Oxford Pathways Programme.

The Pathways Programme is an initiative co-ordinated by the Colleges of the University of Oxford, with support from the Sutton Trust.

The programme aims to provide information, advice and guidance on higher education and Oxford University for academically able students, giving them the exclusive opportunity to experience life at one of the top universities in the country.

Willow Rolls previously attended Rivers Academy (West London) and is studying Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Further Maths.  She decided to choose Strode’s as her specialist sixth form college because she was excited about the opportunities we have to offer and felt she was ready to leave the school environment behind her.

Willow, found out about the programme through our ‘A*spire Programme’ which is designed to support students with three or more A Grade GCSEs on exceling within their academic studies. Willow plans to read either Biochemistry or Biomedicine at university and hopes to find a possible career in medical research.

Kerry Turcsi previously attended Waldergrave School for Girls in Twickeham.  Kerry decided to study her A Level at Stode’s after attending a Strode’s Open Evenings as she felt the college offered the course combination she wanted (A Level Biology, Chemistry and History) and had a great atmosphere and staff.


Kerry took part in a biochemistry taster day at Oxford University, which gave her the opportunity to attend lectures, have a tour of the college campus, talk to current students and receive advice on how to make a competitive application.


Romaan Aftab, who attended one of our partner schools (Matthew Arnold), also received a place on the Pathways Programme.

Romaan also found out about the pathway through our ‘A*spire Programme’ and applied on-line.  During his application he answered a number of questions about his GCSE grades, his current studies and his plans for the future.

Romaan is currently studying Maths, Chemistry and English Literature here at Strode’s and he plans to study English at University.

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