27 students secure coveted places at Oxbridge Universities

We are thrilled to reveal that 27 students have secured offers to study at the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

This is an exceptional achievement following a rigorous application process, involving admissions tests and multiple interviews, competing for coveted places against a worldwide field of applicants.

Offers have been made in a range of disciplines including Computer Science, Law, English, Chemistry Biological Natural Sciences, Economics, History, Modern Languages, Mathematics, Archaeology, Experimental Psychology, Physics and more.

Bella Craig, who came to Greenhead College from Salendine Nook High School, secured her offer to study French and Spanish at Oxford University said:

“For future applicants, I’d say to believe in yourself, believe that anything is possible and be open and honest on your personal statement.”

Laura Verdina, who came to Greenhead College from Dixon’s City Academy, secured her offer for Cambridge University to study Biological Natural Sciences said:

“The support at College is really great, I had a mock interview for my subject before my actual interview and that really helped me be prepared and understand what it might feel like to go through an academic interview.”

Greenhead College remains to be the leading state educational institution in the North of England for Oxbridge success. Aspiring students benefit from a dedicated Oxbridge Support Enrichment Programme, comprising of masterclasses, mock interview workshops, dedicated Oxbridge admissions tutors, residential visits, and practice admissions tests.

Richard Pember, Oxbridge Coordinator at Greenhead College commented:

“I’d like to offer my congratulations on behalf of the Oxbridge Team at Greenhead. We have an incredibly talented team who support the students in small group sessions to help them through the application process. We’re immensely proud of the 27 students who received offers; it’s an amazing achievement. Competition becomes more acute year on year, and for Greenhead to remain the most successful school or college outside the South East is a reflection on our wonderful students and staff.”

Congratulations to the following students:

NameUniversityDisciplinePrevious School
Aaron CrosbieCambridgeComputer scienceRoyds hall
Abdullah AzizOxfordLaw Halifax Academy
Akshat KothariCambridgeEngineering Trinity Academy Halifax
Anna BenthamCambridgeHSPSThornhill Community Academy 
Bella CraigOxfordModern LanguagesSalendine Nook High School Academy 
Ben CooperCambridgeEngineering Beckfoot School Bingley
Brook SeedCambridgeNatural Sciences BioKing James’s School
Elizabeth KayCambridgeHistory and Modern Languages (French)Horizon Community College
Emily OliverCambridgeLawHolmfirth High School
Emma NelsonCambridgeEnglishHolmfirth 
Esther BoutleOxfordLawOssett Academy
George SelbyCambridgeArchitectureWhitcliffe Mount 
Harry CrossCambridgeHistory Netherhall Learning Campus Highschool
Haydn CliftonCambridgeArchaeology Penistone Grammar School 
Izzy RouseOxfordPhysics Horbury Academy 
Jacob LordCambridgeBiological Natural SciencesHolmfirth high 
Jeremy StocksCambridgeMathematicsHonley High School
Julia MillingtonCambridgeEconomicsHeckmondwike Grammar School
Laura VerdinaCambridgeBiological Natural SciencesDixons City Academy
Leela Beth GuhaCambridgeHistory Calder high school 
Megan ColemanOxfordChemistry Whitcliffe Mount
Mia YatesOxfordBiochemistry The Mirfield Free Grammar 
Miriam LomasCambridgeHistoryHolmfirth High School
Nina RainbowOxfordBiochemistry North Halifax Grammar School
Rowan Harrison-WalkerOxfordMathematicsRyburn Valley High School
Sam FranksOxfordPhilosophy, Politics and EconomicsRastrick High School

Greenhead students put teaching into practice

10 Greenhead College students have recently been putting their career aspirations into practice as they take on the Science Teaching Enrichment.

The College’s award-winning enrichment programme is designed for all students to develop self-reliance, promotes citizenship and prepares them to meet the world of work or further study with confidence and commitment. There are over 100 activities on offer to suit the needs of all students.

The 10 Science Teaching students have spent several weeks working hard to prepare and teach practical science activities to year 7/8 students from our partner schools. It was a pleasure to welcome students from Holmfirth High School and North Huddersfield Trust School.

This enrichment has allowed our students the opportunity to develop many vital skills required for a career in teaching including presentation, communication, adaptability and teamwork,  which they can now build on even further and take with them right through university and to employment.

The year 7 and 8 students had a fantastic experience in college and particularly enjoyed meeting our animals!

Six biology students awarded in British Biology Olympiad

This year Six A Level Biology students participated in the British Biology Olympiad, a challenging and stimulating exam that tests students beyond the A Level curriculum. Our six students were competing against almost 10,000 students from across the UK and the results were fantastic!

Gold medals were awarded to Elizabeth Torley, Miriam Syed and Henry Fox meaning that they finished within the top few percent in the UK. Gabriel Chojnacka was awarded a Silver medal, Amy Thompson awarded a bronze and Eloise Mitchell was commended.

Elizabeth Torley placed so high (within the top 12 students overall) that she has been selected for the National Finals! This will involve a 3 day residential at Warwick University where the top 12 students will participate in further challenges and an International team will be selected. What an amazing achievement!

A huge congratulations to all six students who participated and good luck Elizabeth!

Greenhead biology students lead science teaching enrichment

Greenhead College A1 and A2 biologists have taken the lead to teach science to Year 7 and 8 students from local secondary schools.

The students have worked enthusiastically all term to develop and deliver exciting and interesting lesson activities as part of their Science Teaching Enrichment.

The year 7 and 8 students really enjoyed the science activities, and were also excited to meet our animals including; Cornflake the Corn Snake, Raphael and Leonardo the Red Eared Terrapins, Zena the Bearded Dragon and others.

It’s been a brilliant opportunity for our students to develop a wide variety of employability skills including communication, organisational, leadership and team working skills.

A huge thank you to the schools involved, in particular to NHTS for the brilliant photos.


10 students awarded medals in the 2018 British Biology Olympiad

10 Greenhead College students entered the prestigious 2018 British Biology Olympiad. This year 7818 students from across the UK took part in the exam, which challenges Britain’s most talented students beyond A Level knowledge.

Fantastically, all 10 students were awarded, which is a huge achievement as most participants are not awarded anything.

Gold medals were awarded to Sam Ross, Waleed Zahid, Leah OConnell and Olivia Wilkinson. Charlotte Ives, Lauren Fretwell, Rachel Bolland, Caroline McDowell and George Baldry were all awarded Silver medals, and Hemanshu Monga was highly commended.

A special mention goes to Sam Ross, who was selected to participate in the second round of the competition placing him in the top 125 students of all 7818.

A huge congratulations to all our students that took part for their fantastic achievements!