Five applicants from Taunton School, including two who left in the summer, have been successful with their Oxbridge applications.

Ellie-May Vohra, who secured straight A grades in the summer will be going to Corpus Christi, Oxford, to read Classics. Other successful Oxford applicants include current 6th form students Jack Kerslake ,who has an Open offer (A, A, A) to read History, Paddy Doherty who needs A*, A*, A to read Engineering at St Anne’s, and IB student, Julian Müller, who requires 39 points (including Higher Level grades 7,6,6) to pursue PPE at Magdalen.

Jack, aged 18 from Taunton who joined Taunton School in Year 7 said “I’ve been very well-supported in my application to Oxford by my teacher Mr Chatterton. I have always enjoyed studying History and it is the obvious choice for me to continue at degree.”

Julian, who is 18-years-old from Germany decided he wanted to study in the UK and joined Taunton School in Year 12. “I’m delighted to have received an offer from Oxford. I’m very interested in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and feel that gaining a degree in this area opens many doors to potential careers.”

Paddy, aged 18 from the Wiveliscombe area joined Taunton School at just four-years-old in the Pre-Prep school. He said: “I chose to apply for Engineering as it’s an area which I’m really interested in. I’d like to pursue a career in this field in the future.”

Once again, the number of applications has risen to an all-time high this year and competition has never been fiercer. For an essentially non-selective school to receive five offers in any one year is a notable achievement and testimony to the hard work of the candidates concerned and the unstinting support and expertise of their teachers.

Headmaster Lee Glaser said: “I am extremely proud of these students and of the staff who have supported them in achieving their ambitions. It is our job to help all of our students to fulfil their potential”.

Students are supported by Taunton School staff throughout the rigorously competitive process of application, entrance tests and interviews.