Beal High School is celebrating, this week, along with eight Sixth Form students who have been offered places to study at Oxford and Cambridge next year—the school’s largest ever number of successful applicants. Students have been successful in a range of subjects: from Human, Social and Political Sciences to Economics, Maths, Natural Sciences and Chemistry.


Tasneem Ali, Jawaad Aziz, Dylan Caminada-James, Dylan Caminada-James, Yusuf Haque, Stephen Marriott, Sam Stocker, Prasad Umavannan,


“It is really pleasing that the students’ hard work, commitment and talent have been rewarded,” said Head of Sixth Form, Mark Smith. “I am equally grateful for all the support provided by colleagues during the application process.”

Among the Oxbridge hopefuls is Stephen Marriott—a talented musician and one of seventeen students in the cohort to gain straight A grades in his AS Levels. “I was quite surprised,” he said. “I came into the Sixth Form not considering Oxbridge, but I worked really hard. My advice to others at the school is to go for it; you’ll never know if you don’t try.”

Principal, Térèse Wilmot, emphasised the school’s wider university success: “Each year, we send 95% of our students on to university and further training. As a comprehensive, community school we value academic excellence, and we are very pleased that our students will contribute to the slowly increasing proportion of state school applicants attending an Oxbridge university. This remarkable achievement is an opportunity to celebrate the talent, resilience and tenacity shown by our students, along with the support and guidance offered by their teachers and families.”

Full list of successful applicants:

Tasneem Ali, Human, Social and Political Sciences, St John’s College, Cambridge

Jawaad Aziz, Natural Sciences, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Dylan Caminada-James, Natural Sciences, Downing College, Cambridge

Taalqan Chaudhary, Economics, Trinity Hall College, Cambridge

Yusuf Haque, Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences, Clare College, Cambridge

Stephen Marriott, Chemistry, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Sam Stocker, Maths, Robinson College, Cambridge

Prasad Umavannan, Engineering, University College, Oxford