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Uni place success for Torquay student after Oxford mix-up

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 09, 2013

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APPLYING for a university place at Oxford or Cambridge is always a bit of a white knuckle ride but for Torquay student Brandon Heryet it came to a particularly nail-biting climax.

Brandon joined Torquay Boys' Grammar School sixth form from Torquay Academy (then Torquay Community College) after attending occasional lessons at the grammar three years ago, choosing to specialise in maths.

Andy Kosmaczewski, head of sixth form at the grammar, said: "Brandon went from strength to strength in his first year and decided to aim for a place at Oxford University.

"Just days before the date of the maths interviews at Oxford, he received the dreaded email informing him that his application had been rejected and he would not be required at interview. Brandon was bitterly disappointed, of course, but stoical.

"A day later a highly embarrassed representative from Oxford phoned the school to say the wrong email had been sent — Brandon had passed the first stage of selection and was expected at Oxford on the following day.

"Brandon managed to get to his interview on time and made such a positive impression on the maths tutors that he has been offered one of the coveted conditional places."

Mr Kosmaczewski added: "Doubtless, Brandon's success is partly a product of successful collaboration between Torquay Boys' Grammar School and Torquay Academy but mainly a testament to his exceptional ability and strength of character."

From September, Torquay Academy is launching its own sixth form in partnership with the grammar school.

Brandon is one of six students from the grammar school who have been accepted on highly competitive courses at some of the most sought after universities in England.

The 'Oxbridge' colleges of Oxford and Cambridge universities have a reputation not only for accepting the most able undergraduates but also for their rigorous interview procedure.

Alex Addison, Seb Burleigh, Patrick Kidger, Aaron Sheldon, Andrew Quin were all successful, gaining places in a diverse range of subjects from medicine, chemical engineering and mathematics to Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic studies.

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