Upper Sixth students Jasmine Nobbs, Polly Painter and Emily Paterson have secured places at top universities to study medicine. The aspiring medics have received offers from Oxford, Southampton, Birmingham and Liverpool which are among the leading medical schools in the UK.
This year, candidates had to be creative in achieving the required work experience to apply for the highly selective courses as care homes and hospitals closed their doors to students during the pandemic. Jasmine Nobbs said ‘I took advantage of the network that the school has to create opportunities for relevant experience. I reached out to our local school Elmhurst Junior School and the wider community to volunteer through a virtual platform’.
Polly Painter completed a research project (EPQ) on a healthcare-based topic which demonstrated curiosity and an ability to complete independent work beyond the curriculum, helping her stand out amongst other candidates. Polly said "I was fortunate to be able to experience and reflect on a variety of healthcare settings before the onset of the pandemic".
The prospective medical students have participated in weekly discussions with fellow medics about current NHS hot topics and have received guidance on the application process from a school mentor. Consistent tuition and advice since the start of Lower Sixth ensured the students were adequately prepared for each stage of the process: from gaining work experience to completing entrance tests and performing at interviews.
The students each show dedication in balancing the healthcare programme with their academics and sporting aspirations, emphasising their qualities of being motivated and well-rounded students.
Over the past five years, Millfield have had 22 offers to the highly selective healthcare courses of medicine, veterinary science and dentistry.