40 Colchester students celebrate landing Oxbridge offers

40 Colchester students celebrate landing Oxbridge offers

40 Colchester students celebrate landing Oxbridge offers

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FORTY students at a Colchester school are celebrating after landing places at Oxbridge.

A near record number of pupils at Colchester Royal Grammar School have been offered places at Oxford or Cambridge this autumn.

The total is the second highest in the school’s history, one behind the record of 41.

There were 26 offers from Cambridge and 14 from Oxford, which covered a variety of colleges and subjects. Six students received offers from Cambridge to study medicine, one of the most competitive courses.

See Friday's Gazette for more

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8:11pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Citizen35 says...

This is fantastic news - congratulations to all concerned.
This is fantastic news - congratulations to all concerned. Citizen35
  • Score: 6

9:22pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Colchestercounsellor says...

This is good news for all these students and they are worthy of congratulating.

However, I think it's a shame that we don't give the same recognition to other students who have achieved great things. This kind of story seems to perpetuate the myth that Oxbridge students are the only ones worthy of being in the local paper. Seems a bit sad to me
This is good news for all these students and they are worthy of congratulating. However, I think it's a shame that we don't give the same recognition to other students who have achieved great things. This kind of story seems to perpetuate the myth that Oxbridge students are the only ones worthy of being in the local paper. Seems a bit sad to me Colchestercounsellor
  • Score: 3

10:51pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Harry-Brown says...

Colchestercounsellor wrote:
This is good news for all these students and they are worthy of congratulating.

However, I think it's a shame that we don't give the same recognition to other students who have achieved great things. This kind of story seems to perpetuate the myth that Oxbridge students are the only ones worthy of being in the local paper. Seems a bit sad to me
full of b*****t
thats 40 more possible Cammoron's to contend with
i will be dead before they make it to mess my life up further
the counsellor might be right about the lesser class colleges
but they are just as toffee nosed middle class wannabes
they are all crap to me i say bring back national service give a bayonet
for 18 months
then you can see whats what
middle class uni grads are worse than toffee noses from the grammers
at least the poshies look after the working classes
the middle class crap on everyone the nearly theres but not quite.
[quote][p][bold]Colchestercounsellor[/bold] wrote: This is good news for all these students and they are worthy of congratulating. However, I think it's a shame that we don't give the same recognition to other students who have achieved great things. This kind of story seems to perpetuate the myth that Oxbridge students are the only ones worthy of being in the local paper. Seems a bit sad to me[/p][/quote]full of b*****t thats 40 more possible Cammoron's to contend with i will be dead before they make it to mess my life up further the counsellor might be right about the lesser class colleges but they are just as toffee nosed middle class wannabes they are all crap to me i say bring back national service give a bayonet for 18 months then you can see whats what middle class uni grads are worse than toffee noses from the grammers at least the poshies look after the working classes the middle class crap on everyone the nearly theres but not quite. Harry-Brown
  • Score: -14

12:59pm Fri 31 Jan 14

wardyt says...

Harry-Brown wrote:
Colchestercounsellor wrote: This is good news for all these students and they are worthy of congratulating. However, I think it's a shame that we don't give the same recognition to other students who have achieved great things. This kind of story seems to perpetuate the myth that Oxbridge students are the only ones worthy of being in the local paper. Seems a bit sad to me
full of b*****t thats 40 more possible Cammoron's to contend with i will be dead before they make it to mess my life up further the counsellor might be right about the lesser class colleges but they are just as toffee nosed middle class wannabes they are all crap to me i say bring back national service give a bayonet for 18 months then you can see whats what middle class uni grads are worse than toffee noses from the grammers at least the poshies look after the working classes the middle class crap on everyone the nearly theres but not quite.
A sweeping statement of bulls**t. Well done.

Now go and work on your grammer
[quote][p][bold]Harry-Brown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colchestercounsellor[/bold] wrote: This is good news for all these students and they are worthy of congratulating. However, I think it's a shame that we don't give the same recognition to other students who have achieved great things. This kind of story seems to perpetuate the myth that Oxbridge students are the only ones worthy of being in the local paper. Seems a bit sad to me[/p][/quote]full of b*****t thats 40 more possible Cammoron's to contend with i will be dead before they make it to mess my life up further the counsellor might be right about the lesser class colleges but they are just as toffee nosed middle class wannabes they are all crap to me i say bring back national service give a bayonet for 18 months then you can see whats what middle class uni grads are worse than toffee noses from the grammers at least the poshies look after the working classes the middle class crap on everyone the nearly theres but not quite.[/p][/quote]A sweeping statement of bulls**t. Well done. Now go and work on your grammer wardyt
  • Score: 4

2:34pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Citizen35 says...

Grammer?
Grammer? Citizen35
  • Score: 2

4:48pm Fri 31 Jan 14

ginge95 says...

Harry-Brown wrote:
Colchestercounsellor wrote:
This is good news for all these students and they are worthy of congratulating.

However, I think it's a shame that we don't give the same recognition to other students who have achieved great things. This kind of story seems to perpetuate the myth that Oxbridge students are the only ones worthy of being in the local paper. Seems a bit sad to me
full of b*****t
thats 40 more possible Cammoron's to contend with
i will be dead before they make it to mess my life up further
the counsellor might be right about the lesser class colleges
but they are just as toffee nosed middle class wannabes
they are all crap to me i say bring back national service give a bayonet
for 18 months
then you can see whats what
middle class uni grads are worse than toffee noses from the grammers
at least the poshies look after the working classes
the middle class crap on everyone the nearly theres but not quite.
I don't see why you are bringing 'class' into this; grammar (this is the correct way to spell it!) schools are selective schools for those intelligent enough to pass the 11+ or those who excel in their GCSEs and as such are attended by people from all 'classes', irrespective of how much their parents earn. I think that to be so belligerent in reply to such good news merely displays jealousy and ignorance on your part. Students should be praised, not lampooned, for working hard in order to gain a highly coveted place at the two most competitive universities the country has to offer and aspiring to gain a good education. I hope you learn not to be so cynical about those who work hard to achieve good things.
[quote][p][bold]Harry-Brown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colchestercounsellor[/bold] wrote: This is good news for all these students and they are worthy of congratulating. However, I think it's a shame that we don't give the same recognition to other students who have achieved great things. This kind of story seems to perpetuate the myth that Oxbridge students are the only ones worthy of being in the local paper. Seems a bit sad to me[/p][/quote]full of b*****t thats 40 more possible Cammoron's to contend with i will be dead before they make it to mess my life up further the counsellor might be right about the lesser class colleges but they are just as toffee nosed middle class wannabes they are all crap to me i say bring back national service give a bayonet for 18 months then you can see whats what middle class uni grads are worse than toffee noses from the grammers at least the poshies look after the working classes the middle class crap on everyone the nearly theres but not quite.[/p][/quote]I don't see why you are bringing 'class' into this; grammar (this is the correct way to spell it!) schools are selective schools for those intelligent enough to pass the 11+ or those who excel in their GCSEs and as such are attended by people from all 'classes', irrespective of how much their parents earn. I think that to be so belligerent in reply to such good news merely displays jealousy and ignorance on your part. Students should be praised, not lampooned, for working hard in order to gain a highly coveted place at the two most competitive universities the country has to offer and aspiring to gain a good education. I hope you learn not to be so cynical about those who work hard to achieve good things. ginge95
  • Score: 5

5:42pm Fri 31 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

HB you are intitled to your opinions however badly expressed or grammatically correct.Let no one stop you.vote ukip.
HB you are intitled to your opinions however badly expressed or grammatically correct.Let no one stop you.vote ukip. stevedawson
  • Score: 1

1:24am Sat 1 Feb 14

Boris says...

ginge95 wrote:
Harry-Brown wrote:
Colchestercounsellor wrote:
This is good news for all these students and they are worthy of congratulating.

However, I think it's a shame that we don't give the same recognition to other students who have achieved great things. This kind of story seems to perpetuate the myth that Oxbridge students are the only ones worthy of being in the local paper. Seems a bit sad to me
full of b*****t
thats 40 more possible Cammoron's to contend with
i will be dead before they make it to mess my life up further
the counsellor might be right about the lesser class colleges
but they are just as toffee nosed middle class wannabes
they are all crap to me i say bring back national service give a bayonet
for 18 months
then you can see whats what
middle class uni grads are worse than toffee noses from the grammers
at least the poshies look after the working classes
the middle class crap on everyone the nearly theres but not quite.
I don't see why you are bringing 'class' into this; grammar (this is the correct way to spell it!) schools are selective schools for those intelligent enough to pass the 11+ or those who excel in their GCSEs and as such are attended by people from all 'classes', irrespective of how much their parents earn. I think that to be so belligerent in reply to such good news merely displays jealousy and ignorance on your part. Students should be praised, not lampooned, for working hard in order to gain a highly coveted place at the two most competitive universities the country has to offer and aspiring to gain a good education. I hope you learn not to be so cynical about those who work hard to achieve good things.
Ginge95, it is true that Harry's rant is incoherent, but the fact remains that a lot of places at the grammar schools are taken at age 11 by children who have been intensively coached for years. This costs money which only well-to-do parents can afford. It is true that pupils have to have brains and work hard to get good enough GCSE results to be allowed to stay at school for A levels. The fact remains that all pupils are equal, but some are more equal than others.
[quote][p][bold]ginge95[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry-Brown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colchestercounsellor[/bold] wrote: This is good news for all these students and they are worthy of congratulating. However, I think it's a shame that we don't give the same recognition to other students who have achieved great things. This kind of story seems to perpetuate the myth that Oxbridge students are the only ones worthy of being in the local paper. Seems a bit sad to me[/p][/quote]full of b*****t thats 40 more possible Cammoron's to contend with i will be dead before they make it to mess my life up further the counsellor might be right about the lesser class colleges but they are just as toffee nosed middle class wannabes they are all crap to me i say bring back national service give a bayonet for 18 months then you can see whats what middle class uni grads are worse than toffee noses from the grammers at least the poshies look after the working classes the middle class crap on everyone the nearly theres but not quite.[/p][/quote]I don't see why you are bringing 'class' into this; grammar (this is the correct way to spell it!) schools are selective schools for those intelligent enough to pass the 11+ or those who excel in their GCSEs and as such are attended by people from all 'classes', irrespective of how much their parents earn. I think that to be so belligerent in reply to such good news merely displays jealousy and ignorance on your part. Students should be praised, not lampooned, for working hard in order to gain a highly coveted place at the two most competitive universities the country has to offer and aspiring to gain a good education. I hope you learn not to be so cynical about those who work hard to achieve good things.[/p][/quote]Ginge95, it is true that Harry's rant is incoherent, but the fact remains that a lot of places at the grammar schools are taken at age 11 by children who have been intensively coached for years. This costs money which only well-to-do parents can afford. It is true that pupils have to have brains and work hard to get good enough GCSE results to be allowed to stay at school for A levels. The fact remains that all pupils are equal, but some are more equal than others. Boris
  • Score: 1

1:28am Sat 1 Feb 14

Boris says...

Ginge95, I should have added: if you are one of those successful students, I wish you good luck and success with your studies, at either the UK's best university or the other place.
Ginge95, I should have added: if you are one of those successful students, I wish you good luck and success with your studies, at either the UK's best university or the other place. Boris
  • Score: 0

1:44am Sat 1 Feb 14

ginge95 says...

Boris wrote:
Ginge95, I should have added: if you are one of those successful students, I wish you good luck and success with your studies, at either the UK's best university or the other place.
Boris, I appreciate what you're saying, these people do exist, although I am not one of them. It is so rare to find anything happy in the news now that I think it's a shame that some people have to see such positive news in a negative light. I'm not one of the lucky 40 but I am friends with a lot of them and trust me they work their arses off! Thanks, I'm glad you have a realistic view on this sort of thing.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Ginge95, I should have added: if you are one of those successful students, I wish you good luck and success with your studies, at either the UK's best university or the other place.[/p][/quote]Boris, I appreciate what you're saying, these people do exist, although I am not one of them. It is so rare to find anything happy in the news now that I think it's a shame that some people have to see such positive news in a negative light. I'm not one of the lucky 40 but I am friends with a lot of them and trust me they work their arses off! Thanks, I'm glad you have a realistic view on this sort of thing. ginge95
  • Score: 2

9:14am Sat 1 Feb 14

LeQueen says...

Congratulations to all the pupils and staff. A wonderful achievement.
Congratulations to all the pupils and staff. A wonderful achievement. LeQueen
  • Score: 2

1:22pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Harry-Brown says...

i am old very old so you lot can b***r off and leave me alone, it does not matter if i can spell or not
the spell check right click thing on here is the one which does the spelling for me i click it job done
prim and proper little prissy types on here remind me of my days in the marines.
last thing i clicked with any vengeance was a 7.62 FN SLR for those of you who know what a real click sounds like.
i had to live with snot nose officers for years they knew nothing, there first three years out of officers training were spent signing chits while the three striper's sergeants NCO's and above ran the show;
officers that came from the landed gentry treated us right they knew how to look after their men
the ones that came from the middle classes treated us like s**t, they had an attitude of, we got hard you have it harder.
yes sure best of luck to these kids Oxford, Cambridge, Essex who cares? good on them either way.
most officers i knew that went to Oxbridge said it was crap and expensive and they wished they had gone elsewhere, some said they should not have bothered.
40 punters getting places at the home of the so called educated that is nothing to shout about, what about the rest of our kids.
Essex is a bloody good university just as good as the other two, let us shout about our own lot and not some elite club where they may think they are good only think though.
you lot say what you want i will say what i want spelling or not grammar....grammer..
..
yes i will be voting UKIP...no worries there.
i am old very old so you lot can b***r off and leave me alone, it does not matter if i can spell or not the spell check right click thing on here is the one which does the spelling for me i click it job done prim and proper little prissy types on here remind me of my days in the marines. last thing i clicked with any vengeance was a 7.62 FN SLR for those of you who know what a real click sounds like. i had to live with snot nose officers for years they knew nothing, there first three years out of officers training were spent signing chits while the three striper's sergeants NCO's and above ran the show; officers that came from the landed gentry treated us right they knew how to look after their men the ones that came from the middle classes treated us like s**t, they had an attitude of, we got hard you have it harder. yes sure best of luck to these kids Oxford, Cambridge, Essex who cares? good on them either way. most officers i knew that went to Oxbridge said it was crap and expensive and they wished they had gone elsewhere, some said they should not have bothered. 40 punters getting places at the home of the so called educated that is nothing to shout about, what about the rest of our kids. Essex is a bloody good university just as good as the other two, let us shout about our own lot and not some elite club where they may think they are good only think though. you lot say what you want i will say what i want spelling or not grammar....grammer.. .. yes i will be voting UKIP...no worries there. Harry-Brown
  • Score: 0

1:45am Mon 3 Feb 14

Boris says...

ginge95 wrote:
Boris wrote:
Ginge95, I should have added: if you are one of those successful students, I wish you good luck and success with your studies, at either the UK's best university or the other place.
Boris, I appreciate what you're saying, these people do exist, although I am not one of them. It is so rare to find anything happy in the news now that I think it's a shame that some people have to see such positive news in a negative light. I'm not one of the lucky 40 but I am friends with a lot of them and trust me they work their arses off! Thanks, I'm glad you have a realistic view on this sort of thing.
OK ginge, I see we understand each other. CRGS is a very fine school, it sets very high standards, and of course it reports successes like this year after year. As others have said, we have plenty of other good universities. Oxford and Cambridge are not the be-all and end-all. Whatever your plans may be - to study, work or whatever - once again, I wish you every success.
[quote][p][bold]ginge95[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Ginge95, I should have added: if you are one of those successful students, I wish you good luck and success with your studies, at either the UK's best university or the other place.[/p][/quote]Boris, I appreciate what you're saying, these people do exist, although I am not one of them. It is so rare to find anything happy in the news now that I think it's a shame that some people have to see such positive news in a negative light. I'm not one of the lucky 40 but I am friends with a lot of them and trust me they work their arses off! Thanks, I'm glad you have a realistic view on this sort of thing.[/p][/quote]OK ginge, I see we understand each other. CRGS is a very fine school, it sets very high standards, and of course it reports successes like this year after year. As others have said, we have plenty of other good universities. Oxford and Cambridge are not the be-all and end-all. Whatever your plans may be - to study, work or whatever - once again, I wish you every success. Boris
  • Score: 2

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