St Edmund's

Head's Blog

Phase 1 of the UCAS application process for 2021-22 is drawing to a close.

Mr Symaka, our Head of Progression, and Mr Mount Head of Sixth Form have done a wonderful job supporting our current Upper Sixth and some former pupils with their applications.

We have found that responses from the universities have been slower than in previous years, due to increased competition for places (a product of the COVID backlog).

However, we have submitted applications to 64 different institutions and 159 university courses.

Our students have heard back from 77 of these courses and, of these, we have an excellent success rate – currently a shade under 90%!

In total, our students have applied to 17 of the 24 Russell Group institutions – elite research universities.

Offers are already in from many of these Russell Group including Exeter, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Queen Mary, Southampton and York.

So congratulations to our UCAS advisory team and the Upper Sixth on a job well done. The emphasis now moves to tracking and managing applications on UCAS Hub.

Mr Symaka has provided students with a detailed guide for navigating this aspect of the process.

More good news to follow I suspect as the universities using the “gathered field” approach start to make their offers after the closure of applications at the end of January.