Dynamic duo may follow fab four

OXBRIDGE-BOUND: English Martyrs School and Sixth Form students Sophie Rutherford and Nick Lyons
OXBRIDGE-BOUND: English Martyrs School and Sixth Form students Sophie Rutherford and Nick Lyons

LIFE at a sought-after university could be on the cards for two brainbox students.

High-flying Sophie Rutherford and Nick Lyons, who are both students at Hartlepool’s English Martyrs Sixth Form College, have been offered coveted places at Cambridge and Oxford universities.

Former High Tunstall College of Science student Sophie, 18, who lives in the Park Road area of town, has been offered a place at Cambridge to read English, while 17-year-old Nick, a former English Martyrs School pupil from the West Park area, has been given the opportunity to read languages at Oxford.

The pair’s offers come on the condition that Sophie achieves an A* and two As in her history, English literature and religious studies A-levels and Nick gets three As from his A-levels in French, German and English.

Sophie and Nick add to the college’s outstanding record of Oxbridge-bound students and the dynamic duo are hoping to follow in their footsteps, as well as those of famous former Oxbridge scholars Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Fry and Lord Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

The Mail reported last year that 5A* student Martin Chan was off to Cambridge’s Trinity College to study chemical engineering, while fellow English Martyrs student Jodie Wood is studying drama at Cambridge and Shaun Wright is also at Cambridge reading computer sciences.

Meanwhile another ex-Martyrs student who left the college last year, Shreya Sinha, is now at Oxford reading history and economics.

The foursome’s achievements made it a record number of Oxbridge places in any one year for a college in the town.

Sophie said: “I’m really pleased to have received the offer.

“Obviously, I need to continue to work hard to achieve the required grades, but I’m delighted.”

Nick said: “I’m really pleased.

“It was a really competitive application process and part of the interview was conducted entirely in German, which was quite daunting.”

Beverley Scaife, the college’s specialist learning mentor, said: “We’re really pleased for Sophie and Nick.

“We put a lot of work into preparing them for the application process.

“We conducted mock interviews, took them on a trip to the universities to get a feel for the place and made sure their applications were as strong as they could possibly be.”

Dr Martine Crilley, head of sixth form at English Martyrs, said: “We’re very proud of all of our students.

“Last summer, 99 per cent of our entire Year 13 cohort received at least one offer from a university, which is excellent in a difficult climate.

“There are many students, in addition to Sophie and Nick, who have some amazing offers from some of the country’s best universities.”