41 “stunningly able” students of Brampton Manor Academy in East Ham, one of London’s most deprived areas, received their offers to study at Oxbridge.
The sixth form at the Academy, has outstripped competition from top private schools and smashed its own record for offers to Oxford and Cambridge. The sixth form that started since 2012 had received only one offer in their first year and was opened with the aim of transforming progression rates to Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group universities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“Cambridge was always my dream,” said 17-year-old Hridita Rahman Khan, one of 41 students who has won offers from Oxbridge this week.
She grew up in Italy but her parents are originally from Bangladesh and arrived in London at the age of 14 with little English. Three years later she has been offered a place to study engineering at the Cambridge University.
There are many at Brampton Manor, where half of those holding Oxbridge offers are on free school meals and nearly all are from minority ethnic backgrounds.