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Exciting destinations for our A Level students

Joseph Norman is off to Sheffield University to study Medicine having achieved: Maths (A*), Chemistry (A), Biology (A) and Physics (A).

‘I have always had a strong moral and social conscience; I spent a summer volunteering at an orphanage in Zambia and would love to go back one day with a charity as a qualified doctor.  Applying for medicine can be very stressful but the help and guidance I received from teachers in sixth form, especially in writing my personal statement, really helped it go smoothly.’

Jordan Galsworthy is off to Oxford University to study Engineering Science having achieved: Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*), Physics (A*), Chemistry (A).

‘I have always been really involved in sixth form life at Sandown; I was Head Boy and played for the football and cricket teams. My teachers and tutor have been very supportive; you know you can rely on them to help you with any problems or queries. I have always loved Maths and Physics and cannot wait to start my degree, where I can apply Maths to practical problem. My tutor arranged for me to have work experience at Vestas which I thoroughly enjoyed; this has given me an interest in working with wind turbines. I would love to travel and work abroad in the future.’ 


Sarah Garnham is off to Queen Mary University to study English having achieved: English Literature (A), History (B), Geography (B), AS English Language (A).

‘I always liked English throughout my GCSE studies; however I loved the freedom that A Level English gave me to study in the areas I am particularly interested in. The teachers at Sandown really care about you as an individual and I am extremely grateful for the extra time they put in to help and support me. I am looking forward to meeting people at university who have similar interests to me. My ultimate career goal would be to write for the culture section of The Guardian.’

Amber Pierce is off to Royal Holloway to study History having achieved: History (A*), Sociology (A*), EPQ (A*), English Literature (B).

‘I had such a good time in sixth form at Sandown. If you want to do well the teachers will help you so much. I have always loved History but it was my History teachers who ‘made’ the subject. You can really tell they love their subject and this was passed on to me. I went on a History trip to Berlin this year where we visited sites of the Holocaust. Being able to see and experience History really helped me with the topic. It has been great complementing my studies with a range of enrichment activities, such as Duke of Edinburgh, sports and music. I am so excited to go to university to study the subject that I love and hope to become a lawyer in the future.'

Thomas Battram is off to Bristol University to study Cellular and Molecular Medicine having achieved: Maths (A*), Physics (A), Biology (A), Chemistry (A).

‘My Maths and Physics teachers have always inspired me. From the moment I sat in my first sixth form biology lesson studying cells I knew it was the route I wanted to focus my career on. I love studying and would like to go on to complete a PHD and work in research.’  

Lydia Brett Dormon is off to Exeter to study Diagnostic Radiography having achieved: English Literature (A*), History (B), Biology (C). 

‘The teachers at Sandown were really supportive and pushed me to get to the university I have always dreamed about going to. The school organised for me to have a week’s work experience at St Mary’s Hospital in the Radiography department; this confirmed that Radiography was the career for me. I love the idea of giving something back to the community and training for a career that will allow me to travel the world. I am looking forward to everything about university life at Exeter.’ 

Millie Pusey is off to St George’s University in London to study Medicine having achieved: Biology (A), Chemistry (A), Maths (A), EPQ (A*).
‘I am really excited about starting university and meeting lots of new people. I always knew I wanted to study medicine but completing work experience at St Mary’s hospital confirmed this. I am hoping to complete an intercalated degree half way through my course. I am not sure exactly which route I want to take when I have finished my degree but it will give me lots of opportunities and choices.’