Place offers for students

Sam Henry Pressling and Jonathan Ison
Sam Henry Pressling and Jonathan Ison

Two sixth form students at Wisbech Grammar School have won offers of places at prestigious colleges at Oxford and Cambridge.

Head boy Sam-Henry Pressling (18) is set to study medicine at Trinity College, Cambridge, which produced 31 Nobel prize winners during the twentieth century.

The upper sixth form student, who needs to gain an A* and an A in his A Level examinations in the summer to secure the place, is a member of the school’s 1st XV rugby team. He has also represented eastern counties for the last four years and has played for Leicester Tigers and Bedford Blues.

For the last four years he has appeared in the annual school play, successfully stepping into the shoes of another character on the final night of the most recent production, ‘Oh what a lovely war’, as well as playing his own part, when a member of the cast was taken ill at the last minute.

Jonathan Ison (18) has won an offer to read physics at Christ Church, Oxford, a college with its own cathedral and which numbers amongst its alumni 13 British prime ministers.

Jonathan, who already has an A* in A Level mathematics and needs to gain two A grades to confirm the place, is the deputy head boy and has represented the school at rugby and hockey as well as appearing in the school play, ‘Pride and Prejudice’.

Headmaster Nicholas Hammond said: “We are delighted for Sam-Henry and for Jonathan that their talents have been recognised by prestigious universities. This is proof that our all-round approach to education is valued in the highest echelons of the British university system.”