Brampton Manor: State school where 41 pupils offered Oxbridge places

Brampton Manor: State school where 41 pupils offered Oxbridge places

Pupils offered Oxbridge places stand outside state school Brampton Manor. Image: Brampton Manor/twitter

Friday, January 18, 2019

A state school in east London has had 41 students offered places at Oxford or Cambridge University, this year.

Two thirds of the students will be the first in their family to attend university, and the majority of students are from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The sixth form at Brampton Manor only opened in 2012, and this year’s 41 offers is a new record.

Last year, 25 students received offers from Oxford and Cambridge.

 

'A realistic goal' 

Watch: talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer speaks to two students from Brampton Manor.

Lourdes Agyeman, a student at the sixth form has been offered a place at Oxford and said the school made it feel like getting into the university was a “realistic goal”.

She told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer: “They made it more of a norm and they made it feel like a realistic goal to have.

“They did not make us feel like we were above anybody or it was above anybody.”

Abdi Guleid, who has an offer from Cambridge, described the school as “inspiring”.

“It has been inspiring because it is one of the first times that teachers and a school genuinely believe in you," he said. 

“It makes you feel capable of achieving amazing things. I feel that it is that environment where you are able to get support from teachers and have teachers believe in you.

“That is as well as other students who are also being so supportive throughout this whole process.”