Students receive Oxford boost

Students from Stockton Sixth Form College will travel to Oxford University this month to gain an insight in to what it takes to study at one of the world’s top universities.

High flying A-level students and potential Oxford applicants will stay overnight in undergraduate accommodation at Trinity College and visit different subject departments to find out more about the structure of degree courses offered at Oxford.

The trip is the second visit in the last six months, thanks to funding from Stockton Sixth Form College and Oxford University alumni David Ford, who is working in partnership with Principal Joanna Bailey to boost awareness of studying at the prestigious institution.

David, who grew up in Stockton, studied A-level Biology, Chemistry and Maths at Stockton Sixth Form College in 1990-1992 before securing a place at Oxford University, leaving with a Master’s degree in Biochemistry in 1996. He is offering a prestigious scholarship opportunity for the next three Stockton Sixth Form students to successfully accept a place at Oxford.

David (pictured above), now Head of Credit Research at Intermediate Capital Group plc. in London, said: “I found my time at Stockton Sixth Form to be intellectually challenging, helping me develop skills and confidence as I considered applying to university.

“As importantly, the support and encouragement I received really opened my eyes to a world of opportunities and made me realise that attending Oxford was a realistic and achievable ambition. I want current students to believe in their abilities and know confidently that they are capable of studying at one of the world’s top universities, too, and I am delighted to support the college in their work to achieve this.

“I am in no doubt that attending Stockton Sixth Form was instrumental in my achievements and I am really enjoying working with the college’s current high flyers to cement their future successes.”

Joanna Bailey, Principal at Stockton Sixth Form College, said: “The college offers a targeted high flyers programme which aims to make the prospect of studying at a top university a realistic ambition.

“David has boosted our work in this area exponentially. He has offered to mentor students prior to the application process and has spoken with them one-on-one to share his experiences and motivate them to fulfil their potential. We are thrilled with this partnership and look forward to seeing our students reap its rewards in the coming months and years.”