Monmouth students receive life-changing opportunity to study at Oxbridge

Monmouth students receive life-changing opportunity to study at Oxbridge

22 January 2019

Five talented and creative pupils at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools have been offered the life-changing opportunity to study at Oxford and Cambridge universities.

The dedication paid off for four pupils at Monmouth School for Girls and one pupil at Monmouth School for Boys as they work towards securing the conditional offers from the world-renowned institutions.

Old Monmothian, Joshua Kershaw, has also had an offer to read Veterinary Medicine at St John’s College, Cambridge.

Joshua, who took his A levels at Monmouth School for Boys last summer, is currently in Thailand working in coral conservation.

Bella Thomas, 17, who joined the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools’ family at Pre-Prep and Nursery, has been offered a place to read Languages (French and German) at Lincoln College, Oxford.

Bella is studying German, French and English at A level and is an avid watcher of cultural foreign films.

Deputy Head Girl, Lisa Davies, who is studying Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Physics at A level, has an open offer across the colleges to read Engineering at Oxford.

Lisa, 17, runs her own business, Xorbit, a car dehumidifier and air freshener in a cup, and was named the UK Junior Engineer of the Year at the Big Bang Fair in 2016.

She also holds a prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarship to work with the Haberdashers’ Company and is a keen musician, playing the harp and flute.

Freya Billinghurst has received an offer to read Law at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and is studying English, Economics, German and Religious Studies at A level.

Freya, 18, is a keen skier and snowboarder who enjoys athletics and is an active member of the schools’ Combined Cadet Force (CCF).

Freya grew up in France, where she was educated for 12 years, before joining Monmouth Schools the Sixth Form.

Keen rower, Jack Tottem, a Deputy Head Boy at Monmouth School for Boys, has an open offer across the colleges to read History at Oxford.

Jack, who joined Monmouth in Year 7, is studying Maths, History and Latin at A level.

A talented sportsman, 17-year-old Jack was a cox for Great Britain last summer at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Cork.

Deputy Head Girl (Boarding), Mererid Jones, has an offer to read Music at Newnham College, Cambridge.

Mererid, 17, is studying A levels in English, German, Latin and Music and is a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools Symphony Orchestra (HMSSO) and Senior strings. She is also a keen sportswoman, who plays netball and lacrosse.

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