Pupils aim to earn place at top university

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Two high flying Sixth Form students from Bridlington have secured offers to study at the prestigious University of Oxford.

Brandon Leathley and Mason Yousif, both 17, attend Headlands School and have fought off strong competition to get to the current stage.

The pair have received conditional offers meaning they will have to achieve their target grades to secure a place at Oxford.

Brandon has been offered a place at St John’s College to study Mathematics and Head Boy Mason Yousif has a place at Oriel College to study Physics.

Mason said: “I was ecstatic when I found out I had the offer from Oxford. I want to do a PHD and scientific studies at university before going in to teaching. My dreams are ahead of me now, I just have to reach them.”

Brandon said: “I was elated at finding out the news. I’m unsure what career I want to do and think I am going to wait and see where my studies take me.

“The offer has definitely given me the extra motivation to succeed with my A levels so I can go to one of the best universities in the country.”

Mason is currently studying Physics, Maths and Further Maths at A2 level with him expecting to achieve all A*s while Brandon is studying Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths and expected three A*s and an A grade.

Headlands head of sixth form, Helen Nind, said: “They now need to continue to work hard and secure A*/A grades at A Level this summer to confirm their place.

“We are very proud of both boys and have every confidence they will achieve their goals and go on to be really successful in the future.

“They are committed, hardworking and very gifted students who are an asset to the Sixth Form and role models for younger students.”

Brandon and Mason will continue their studies until they complete their final exams at the end of this academic year.

The pair will have to then face the anxious wait until August before finding out their exam results and if they have been successful in their applications to further their education in Oxfordshire.

Oxford University has been ranked as the top place to study in the UK, and third in the world, in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014/15.