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Solihull News: Oxbridge success; EDUCATION.

SOLIHULL School is set to achieve a new university record with the highest-ever number of former pupils studying for first degrees at Oxford and Cambridge.

A total of 14 pupils, including three girls, have accepted Oxbridge places, which will bring to 43 the total number of undergraduates from the school studying at the two universities this autumn.

New entrants will include Matthew Ralph, who has won a music and choral scholarship to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Matthew, who sang solo at Solihull School's carol service last year, carries on a proud tradition of Oxbridge music scholarships.

Also among the new intake will be three students who will be helping to meet Britain's urgent need for more engineers. Robert Halbert, Matthew Hull and Sean Maguire will all be studying engineering at Cambridge. Michelle Hodgkinson is also planning to read medicine, Daniel Thompson, veterinary medicine, Laurence Aitchison, natural sciences, and Gemma Truran who will be studying mathematics.

Places to read geography have been accepted by Julia Shelley, Eleanor Stewart and Sam Tucker, while Nicholas Lunn, Steven Bryce and Lucinda Griffiths will be reading modern languages, economics and law studies in Europe respectively.

"Our Oxbridge success is tribute to the commitment and dedication of our pupils and teachers," said headteacher Phillip Griffiths.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Mar 7, 2007
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