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Pride as students make Oxford University

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy sixth form college, W6, are incredibly proud to announce that this week two of their Year 13 students have received offers to study at Oxford University.

Sarah James Short and Shaun Miskelly will study History and Art History respectively provided they gain the three A grades required, a pressure they describe as “very motivating!”. The interview process was intense with Sarah being presented with an excerpt two minutes prior to being asked to give her opinion on what she’d read. Shaun said he spent a lot of time on his personal statement but thought his interview went ‘really badly’. Clearly not!

Assistant Principal and Head of W6 Mark Monahan said: “We are thoroughly delighted and overwhelmingly proud of Shaun and Sarah. It is an amazing achievement to have two of our students successfully make it through the challenging application process for Oxford.

"Both Shaun and Sarah have been on a journey and have faced many challenges en route which makes this achievement even more impressive. They have both worked tirelessly through their GCSEs and A-levels to get them to this point. 

"Their success is also a testament to the endless dedication and hard work of their teachers who have instructed, guided and supported them on the way. 

"So many people have preconceptions about what students of Lancing and Sompting can achieve, and Shaun and Sarah have definitely had their own doubts that ‘it doesn’t happen to people like us’ but this is evidence that it really does. 

"Sarah and Shaun are the first students from The Sir Robert Woodard Academy to successfully apply and be accepted to a course at Oxford or Cambridge. It is confirmation that the Academy can deliver the academic excellence required for such highly competitive universities. We have no doubt that they are the first of many SRWA students to walk in the shoes of the world’s finest scholars."