We were delighted, but by no means surprised, when Emma Vidler secured her place to read Medicine at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. Emma will embark on her six-year course having achieved A* grades in A-level Chemistry, Biology and Psychology, an A grade in Mathematics and an A grade in Latin, a subject she studied in Year 12 outside of her school timetable. This outstanding set of grades is testament not only to Emma’s academic ability but also to her immense capacity for hard work. Throughout her time at the College Emma has deftly balanced a demanding academic program with a number of significant responsibilities and commitments, always with good humour and good grace. In March, Emma was selected by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Suffolk, The Lord Tollemache, as one of his Cadets for 2013. This year she has also been an inspirational Head of School, and she will be warmly remembered as a cornerstone of the College’s shooting team and an invaluable asset to our Model United Nations contingent. One of Emma’s strengths is her ability to rise to challenges and to set them for herself. Indeed, her brilliant academic year has been completed in style with a near flawless performance in GCSE Classical Greek, which earned her another A*.
We were also delighted as A-level results day brought the exciting news that Chris Hart had secured his place to read Economics and Management at Worcester College, Oxford. Economics and Management is one of the most popular degrees at Oxford; competition for places is fierce and only around 9% of applicants are admitted to the course each year. Chris’ success therefore represents a very significant achievement, particularly, perhaps, because he did not study Economics at A-level. Chris read widely and intelligently during his time in the sixth form, developing his interest in Economics whilst studying for his A-levels in History, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology. An impressive academic, Chris also showed flair and leadership ability in his role as Head Boy and skill and assurance as a member of the 1st XV Rugby team. In all his roles and positions of responsibility, Chris has been an excellent ambassador for the College. We firmly believe he will thrive in an Economics department which is consistently ranked among the best in the world.