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Early university offers for Sandown sixth form students

posted 9 Dec 2015, 08:48 by Karen Bricknell

Sandown Bay Academy Sixth Form students are celebrating having already received offers to study a wide range of courses at prestigious universities all over the country.

Dimarzio Rogers has already received offers from Warwick University, Bath University and Loughborough University. She is applying to study Electronic Engineering with Space Science Technology.

‘When I was younger I wanted to be an astronaut, as I got older I have remained incredibly interested in space. It is exciting to receive offers to study something that I am so passionate about, particularly where engineering is such a male dominated course. My tutor was very supportive in helping me write my personal statement to make my application stand out from others when applying for such competitive courses.’ 


Rhys Evans has received offers from University of Surrey, Swansea University and Sheffield University; he also has an interview at Bristol University. Rhys has applied to study Aeronautical Engineering. 

‘I was pleased to get three offers back so quickly. I had a mock interview this week to prepare for my interview at Bristol University. Completing work experience at GKN in the Composite Research Centre reaffirmed my interest in studying Aeronautical Engineering and also enhanced by university applications.’

Head Girl Alice Lyons received three offers within two weeks of sending off her applications to study Biomedical Science.

‘I was really pleased to get an offer from my first choice Queen Mary University, London. Whilst at Sandown I have been encouraged to take part in lots of things to support my application, including Sutton Trust and Villiers Park residentials, a Medlink course along with Duke of Edinburgh and the Extended Project Qualification.’ 


Will Tatters-Smith received a conditional offer to study Modern Languages at Newcastle University just a few hours after submitting his UCAS application. Will took part in Sandown’s French Exchange trip last year; this helped support his applications.

Atalanta Workman has received an offer from Queen Mary University London to study Law; her ambition once she finishes university is to use her law degree to work for a charity. Atalanta’s university application was supported with many of the extra-curricular opportunities she has taken up while at Sandown Sixth Form, these include Summer Schools, residential courses at Villiers Park and the Pathways to Law programme.

Other early offers received by students include:

Matthew Pepperrell received an offer to study Mechanical Engineering at Plymouth University.

Josh Perfect received an offer from Sheffield University to study Biomedical Science, he is awaiting offers from the remaining 4 applications to study Dentistry.

Emily O’Regan received offers from Southampton University and Surrey University to study English Literature.

Aaron Youngson received offers from Plymouth University, University of Kent and University of Winchester, he wants to study Psychology with the hope of becoming an Industrial Organisational Psychologist.

Harrison Dickinson received an offer from University of Exeter to study Anthropology.

Sam Davis received offers from University of Sussex and University of Essex to study Criminology and Sociology. Along with the support from teachers in writing his personal statement he credits mock trial the weekly enrichment session he takes part in, as supporting his applications.

‘It is really encouraging to see so many students getting university offers back quickly. We pride ourselves on the extensive support and guidance that students receive with their UCAS applications. Year 13 have made the most of the wealth of opportunities during their time in Sixth Form such as work experience, residential trips and enrichment to support their applications to university and make them attractive candidates.’

Gary Clarke, Head of Sixth Form 

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