News - Current Students

Good Luck to our 2020 Cohort!

December 2020

We’re immensely proud of our 2020 cohort who have submitted their UCAS applications and are currently collecting offers from some world class universities. Out of 61 students, 60 are making applications this year to begin university in 2021. All students have applied to at least one Russell group university. Over 88% of these students have also applied to at least one Linacre 12 university, which are the top 12 most competitive universities to get a place in the UK.

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2018 students' final university choices - well done!

July 2019

Congratulations to all our 2018 students who have just completed their A-level exams. They all now have to wait until August to find out their results, but these are their final firm university choices. We’re very proud of them all. As you can see it’s been an amazing year for our students. We want to say a huge well done to all of them for their achievements. 20 out of our 31 students are hoping to go to a top 12 UK university (judged by entry standard).

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2018 Linacre Cohort Selected

May 2018

We are excited that the latest cohort of Linacre students has now been selected! Off the back of our success so far, we have expanded our group to 30 students this year with 3 students coming from our new partner school - Penistone Grammar School, Sheffield. This takes our number of partner schools up to 8. We warmly welcome all those students to the Linacre family and really look forward to working with them at the Reach Higher Programme this summer.

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Superb Oxbridge results for 2017-18 Reach Higher students

January 2018

Wow! Nine out of our 21 Oxbridge applicants won places when the letters were sent out a fortnight ago - twice the average success rate. We are once again neck-and-neck with the best-performing and most selective schools in the country. Almost all our students now have offers from one of the UK's most selective universities, including LSE, UCL, Edinburgh and Durham. Oxbridge offers included ones for Medicine, Maths, History & Politics, Geography, Economics, Philosophy, Modern and Medieval Languages and Natural Sciences.

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Linacre’s 2017, in numbers…

December 2017

We worked with 7 partner schools in parts of the north with very low progression to leading universities More than 300 sixth-formers were given advice and encouragement about applying to highly selective universities After our work, 86% said they were ‘more likely’ (44%) or ‘very much more likely’ (42%) to apply to these universities 23 Year 13 students completed the intensive Reach Higher programme and went on to university or gap years 23 got at least one offer from one of the UK’s 30 most selective universities (the Sutton Trust 30).

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Update: Latest student university offers

November 2017

Just six weeks after applications went in, more than half our 2017-18 students already hold an offer from one of the world’s 100 leading universities. We are supporting 28 students this year, including 4 who are re-applying during gap years. All come from areas in northern England with especially low rates of progression to leading universities. So far: 16 have been accepted at universities on the Times Higher Education Supplement top 100 in the world, including by top-25 institutions such as UCL and LSE.

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Best-ever results for Reach Higher students

November 2017

More Reach Higher students reached world-class universities in 2017 than ever before. Of 23 who set out on the journey in 2016, six recently started at Cambridge and four are re-applying to Oxbridge this autumn. Six students are starting at other world top-100 institutions, including Durham and Warwick. Two from Doncaster have started at leading colleges in the USA. The other four have all made it to excellent Russell Group universities.

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Early success for Linacre 2016 students

November 2016

Less than eight weeks after sending off their applications, almost all of Linacre’s 2016 students have already won offers from the UK’s dozen most academically demanding universities. The 24 students have already won many offers from Durham, Edinburgh, Bristol and others. All at Linacre would like to take the chance to say a huge well done! Twenty-two students are also now awaiting the outcome of applications to Oxford and Cambridge. In the past, half of the charity’s applicants have been offered places - a success rate matching any school in the country.

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Big Ideas - Linacre students light up London

August 2016

Welcome to our summer 2016 newsletter. It's been busy... Debating the Middle East at the FCO Our third group of students began their Linacre journey in the shadow of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and they did themselves proud. 100% agreed that after the July residential they felt more confident, both in general and about applying to competitive universities. And 100% said the six-day programme had a significant positive impact on them.

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London residential sparks big ideas for 2015 students

June 2015

The Institute’s second London residential featured 12 inspirational visits, 15 mind-stretching lessons, 16 outstanding teachers, 20 sparky students, much fun, and quite a few changed perceptions. Beforehand, fewer than half the students said they were considering our most academically competitive universities. Afterwards, all said they were. “It has made me feel much more confident as a person”, said one afterwards. The six-day visit was generously hosted by Westminster School, one of the world’s most ancient and academically stretching schools, which lies in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament.

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