State school in one of London’s poorest areas sees 41 pupils offered places at Oxford and Cambridge as it outperforms many private schools
- Brampton Manor Academy in East Ham, Newham sees 41 pupils offered places
- It smashes its own record for the number of offers to the prestigious institutions
- Two thirds of students would be first in family to attend university
- Hopes are now high that the 41, most of whom are from ethnic minority backgrounds, will get the A-level grades
A state school in one of London’s most deprived areas is celebrating after 41 students received offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge.
The sixth form at Brampton Manor Academy in East Ham, Newham has smashed its own record for the number offers this year to the prestigious institutions.
Two thirds of the students would be the first in their family to attend university and half of them have received free school meals.
In 2014, one student received an offer to Oxbridge, it rose to 25 in 2018, of whom 20 began their studies in the autumn, and now 41 this year.
The students at Brampton Manor Academy in East Ham, Newham, to gain Oxbridge offers this year
The academy’s sixth form director Sam Dobin told the Evening Standard: ‘We always thought it was possible because the students are stunningly able, but it’s an amazing achievement for them.’
Hopes are now high that most of the 41, who are mostly of ethnic minority backgrounds, will get the A-level grades to secure their place.
There are about 600 pupils in the schools sixth form, with roughly 300 taking their A-Levels next year.
In 2014, one student received an offer to Oxbridge, it rose to 25 in 2018, of whom 20 began their studies in the autumn, and now 41 this year. Pictured: Pembroke College at Oxford University
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Hopes are now high that most of the 41, who are mostly of ethnic minority backgrounds, will get the A-level grades to secure their place. Pictured: The University of Cambridge
Why is Brampton Manor so successful?
In the most recent Ofsted inspection, Brampton Manor Academy was given an ‘outstanding’ rating.
Its 16 to 19 study programme, at the sixth form, was also rated outstanding in the report.
Inspectors said it offered ‘personalised and well supported pathways to access well known universities.’
The report found ‘the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in the sixth form mirrors the outstanding standards seen in the rest of the school.’
It adds: ‘Teachers are highly skilled, with expertise in, and enthusiasm for, their subjects.’
Sixth form director Sam Dobin said the sixth form opened with the aim of transforming progression rates to Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group universities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
He told the Evening Standard: ‘Sometimes students think, am I good enough? Will my face fit? But it’s our job to dispel that.
‘When we show them photos of our 25 progressing last year, and half of them are black and all of them are ethnic minorities, that starts to dispel those concerns because they see that in reality.’
Among the pupils hoping to get the grades to take up an Oxbridge place is Dorcas Shodeinde, who received an offer to study law at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.
She told The Guardian: ‘Brampton made me believe I was good enough to go to Oxford, and I can’t believe I’ve now got an offer to study there.’
Fellow pupil Rama Rustom has received an offer to study English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.
The daughter of Palestinian and Syrian parents, she came to the UK as a refugee from Saudi Arabia in 2013 and spoke Arabic as her first language.
She told the Recorder: ‘For me, this offer sets my family on a new path.
In my culture, women are traditionally told to not pursue education. I’m trying to prove that girls can do it too.
‘Lots of people outside of school said I couldn’t do it, but my teachers always believed in me.’
The academy’s executive principal Dr Dayo Olukoshi, said: ‘We were delighted when last year we sent 20 students to Oxbridge, having seen the number increase gradually from just one offer in 2014.
‘For this to have more than doubled again is phenomenal but does not surprise us – our vision has always been to never put limits on what our students can achieve, and I think these offers reflect just that.’
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