A student from Holyrood Academy's Sixth Form has received an offer to study at Oxford University from September 2019.
Lauren Winch will read History of Art at Worcester College, Oxford and is the first Holyrood student to gain a place at the prestigious institution. Lauren achieved fantastic GCSE and A-Level results while studying at Holyrood. After a year gaining experience with the National Trust and Heritage Centre and achieving full marks on her Extended Project Qualification, graded A* and full marks, she is ready to take this exciting next step. She said, “Stunned and then extremely excited is how I felt when I received my offer! I’m most looking forward to getting involved with the wealth of opportunities the university offers. For example, in my first year I will be able to work closely with an expert curator in one of the University’s incredible museum collections. I would love to work in the heritage sector myself one day. The admissions process was challenging but also quite exciting, and the result at the end is just amazing! I think perseverance and encouragement from my family and the staff at Holyrood really helped me to achieve a place. I am so grateful to all of the wonderful teachers who supported me throughout my time at Holyrood. Thank you!”
Dave MacCormick, Vice Principal - Director of Sixth Form said he was extremely proud of Lauren and her achievements. He added: “Lauren has received an offer from Oxford at a time when it is more and more difficult to do so. Furthermore, she has achieved the only place at Worcester College on this course and one of only a handful across the University. She has been through a very intense process and has shown herself to be the exceptional academic we know her to be. Her success is down to her unwavering determination, curiosity and willingness to learn. It is amazing to consider that she has received offers, not only from Oxford, but from Durham, York, UCL and St Andrew's as well.”
Matthew Collins, Headteacher said he was thrilled to hear that Lauren had achieved a place at Oxford, “Lauren thoroughly deserves this amazing opportunity, she is a truly gifted individual who has applied herself fully in order to achieve her dream. Holyrood is so proud of Lauren, we know her success will inspire others to believe that anything is possible and that they should grasp the opportunities they will be offered to support them if they aspire to take up a place at Oxbridge or apply for a top degree such as Medicine or Veterinary Medicine. The structured programmes we offer to support these applicants is clearly having significant success.”