Epsom College

Surrey

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 533 (Boys) 350 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1855

General Information

At Epsom we want our pupils to live happy and fulfilled lives. We want our pupils to find a passion for things that matter to them, an interest in, and respect for, others and their worlds, the chance of challenge and achievement, and an attachment to the life of the mind.

We understand that life beyond the classroom may transform the lives of our pupils. The breadth of activity on offer at Epsom extends far beyond the classroom, incorporating a world of sport and music, drama and societies, expeditions and camps, and friendship and laughter. Our academic results are excellent and success across a vast range of co-curricular activity has never been better.

A committed staff of more than 100 teachers, excellent pastoral care, an experienced Headmaster and a dynamic leadership team all combine to ensure that Epsom College gives our pupils the strongest foundations for future success.

The great majority of the teaching staff live within the College grounds and, together with the pupils, they form an integrated community whose strength lies in the emphasis it places on tolerance, benevolence and the developing of individual potential.

Epsom has a long tradition of successfully educating boys and girls from overseas and currently some 18 per cent of our students come from outside the UK. International pupils are part of the very fabric of Epsom and the student body consists of more than 30 nationalities including the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Germany and Russia.

Facilities

On visiting the College, the beautiful still red brick Victorian buildings within a picturesque 85 acres estate is immediately inspiring. Fully co-educational, Epsom College offers modern House accommodation, with a rolling programme of sympathetic refurbishment.

The purpose-built, state-of-the-art Lower School, which is nestled in our extensive grounds opened its doors in September 2016 to the first cohort of 11+ children. We were delighted to welcome a total of 32 girls and 32 boys into the College community. In September 2017, we welcome a new intake of 37 girls and 33 boys into the Lower School, reaffirming our commitment to a fully co-educational experience.

St Luke's Chapel acts as a main focus for the College campus and has a full-time Chaplain and a Lay Chaplain. A Muslim Imam and a Hindu Priest also assist in the multi-faith approach at the College. Science facilities are excellent with well-equipped laboratories. There is also a registered museum, which provides a wealth of teaching resources. The school maintains its historic association with The Royal Medical Foundation and the Biology Department continues to prepare a significant number of candidates for entry into leading medical schools.

Other facilities include The John Piper Art School, two specialist Drama studios equipped with professional standard lighting, sound and multi-media projection facilities, two Sports Halls, Fitness Suite, Dance Studios, Indoor 25m Pool, Two Astroturf pitches, Six Squash Courts of which two are glass-backed, Netball and Tennis Courts, Athletics Track, Shooting Range and numerous pitches for Rugby, Football, Hockey, Cricket, Rounders, Volleyball and Softball. Epsom College was selected as one of the 2012 Olympic Training Venues in Surrey for the sports of Fencing and Archery.

Pupils for whom English is not the first language are prepared for IGCSE English as a second Language if they do not study a modern foreign language. At 6th Form level, the IELTS examination is standard. The philosophy of the Learning Support Department is that all pupils can improve and achieve given the appropriate support for their individual needs.

Epsom College boasts an almost unrivalled extra-curricular programme. With over 100 activities which range from Basketball, Indoor Hockey, Squash, Swimming, Volleyball, 3 types of Dance and Martial Arts to Rifle Club, Music Ensembles and Choirs, Debating, Bridge, Chess, Tech Team (in the drama environment) and the School Magazine Editorial Team . In addition, pupils are able to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's scheme, CCF, a comprehensive service programme and Young Enterprise.

Scholarships

At 11+: Academic, Performing Arts (Drama and/or Music) and Sport.

At 13+: Academic, Performing Arts (Drama and/or Music) and Sport.

At 16+: Academic, Performing Arts (Drama and/or Music) and Sport.

Open Days

2019. Open Morning: Sat. 5th October.

2020. Open Morning: Sat. 21st March.

'Discover Epsom' mornings are held on selected Saturdays throughout the year, offering pupil-guided tours of the College for a smaller number of visitors. Alternatively, we offer individual tours on weekdays (normally Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings) and some Saturday mornings. Discover Epsom mornings are limited to a maximum of 30 families and prior booking is essential.

To reserve a place for an Open Morning, Discover Epsom morning or to arrange an individual tour, please contact the Admissions department on 01372 821234 or 01372 821007 or email admissions@epsomcollege.org.uk.

Fees

2019/2020. Upper School, Years 9-13. Full Boarding: £12,856 per term, Weekly Boarding: £11,678 per term, Day Pupils: £8,717 per term.

Lower School, Years 7 & 8. Day Pupils: £6,537 per term.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2019

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Jay Piggot

Epsom College
College Road
Epsom
Surrey
KT17 4JQ

[t]: 01372 821000
[w]: www.epsomcollege.org.uk

Location Description

Set on a beautiful 85 acre estate, Epsom College is just 15 miles south of central London, with easy access to both Gatwick and Heathrow international airports.

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School News

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A dedicated cast of 46 actors, eight crew, and six musicians, rehearsed tirelessly on this term’s junior production, with months of rehearsals, learning of lines,

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dances and songs.

Teacher of Drama, Rob Wells, said: “When working on shows one often thinks of them like an iceberg. Nobody sees the bit under the water. The months of endless rehearsals, the learning of lines, dances and songs. We only see the tip of the iceberg – the polished and perfected show.

The whole cast and crew should congratulate themselves on an epic performance and be pleased in the knowledge that they most certainly have encouraged the audience to walk away looking on The Bright Side of Life.

“Many of our students were making their debut on the Epsom College stage and it looks to be a bright future ahead for Drama at the College.”

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It was another successful year of debating at Epsom College. Our senior debating team competed in several prestigious national competitions including the ESU Mace Debates

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and Oxford Schools Debating which is run by the Oxford Union. Although we did not manage to progress in these nationwide competitions, our students gained valuable experience of British parliamentary debating and are in a good position to excel next year.

We had more success locally with the UNA Debating Competition. We overcame Glenthorne High School and Sutton Grammar to earn a place in the final round of the competition against Caterham School. Emily Vandrau (R) has been our stalwart debater and participated in all of the aforementioned competitions, but has been supported by Theo Mully (P), Margaux Soin (Cr), Ebube Akojie (Wh), and Amy Hirtenstein (Rv) at various points.

Internally, the Darbyshire Inter-house Debating tournament was a great source of entertainment and consternation for both Upper Fourth and Lower Sixth students. Audiences swelled for each successive round. The students were engaging, passionate, and well-informed in every phase of the competition.

Crawfurd’s team of Allegra Sheen and Paige Chamberlain defeated Raven, Propert, and Murrell to win the Upper Fourth championship on the topic of whether or not Britain should welcome advances in artificial intelligence.

The Lower Sixth teams were asked to debate whether or not one should be optimistic about Britain’s future. Carr’s team of Max Rossi and Calum Hutchinson managed to make a persuasive case for pessimism and won the Lower Sixth championship.

The Epsom College team of Emily Vandrau and Amy Hirtenstein saw off Caterham School to win the UNA Debating Tournament for the second year running. In addition, Emily Vandrau was awarded another trophy for being the best individual speaker.

Overall, this year has seen an unprecedented interest in debating which we hope to build on next year by progressing further in national competitions.

By Mr Ciaran Lee

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41 pupils in the Upper Fourth travelled to the beautiful South Downs in Sussex to complete an assessed expedition for their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s

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award. The seven expedition groups completed a three-day backpacking trip, which navigated some stunning scenery and exposed the pupils to beautiful wildlife while hiking up to 22km per day.

The weather was ideal, not too hot, with almost no rain; but pupils faced plenty of other memorable challenges, from difficult navigation to uncooperative livestock.

Dan Reeve, Tracy Muller, Jonine Heslip and Matt Perrins provided the necessary support to pupils during the trip and they speak highly of the pupils’ incredible efforts and bold tenacity.

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The Sixth Form team behind the hugely popular branded puffa jackets chose to donate a share of their business’s profits to The Mermaid fund, by

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naming a brick. Two of the team’s representatives met with the Headmaster and Director of the OE Trust to make their gesture.

“After a year of success selling our puffa jackets to half of the pupils within the College, as a company we knew the importance of giving back. As we come to the end of our Young Enterprise journey, we wanted to give back to the College and support the Mermaid campaign for future generations. It’s great to think of the YE meetings that will happen in the new building, perhaps seeing our brick may make future YE students think about what they can do with their businesses,” Lennan Day (G), Managing Director, New Day Enterprise.

As well as naming a brick, the campaign offers many exciting opportunities to leave a lasting legacy to the College. These include naming discussion pods, classrooms, the Café/Gallery area, or even a seat in the lecture theatre. To find out more, please email educationtrust@epsomcollege.org.uk or call 01372 821042.

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Epsom College is a finalist in two separate categories at this year’s Education Business Awards, capping off what has been an exceptional year for the

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school.

The College’s outstanding sports programme has been shortlisted by the judges, who praised the school for its commitment to providing expert coaching and first class facilities for pupils of all ages and abilities.

In a year of many garlands, Epsom’s STEM programme once again turned heads. Judges were impressed by the enthusiastic, creative and illuminating way in which the disciplines of science, maths, engineering and technology are brought together to enthuse, entertain and educate pupils.

The Education Business Awards are now in their twelfth year. They recognise and reward excellence in education across 22 different categories, with particular focus paid to academic progress, facilities, best practice and innovation.

Prep Schools, State Schools and Independent School compete with one another for the coveted awards, with the winners announced on 5 July.

Epsom began this academic year by posting record GCSE and A-level results. This achievement was soon recognised nationally, with a nod from The Week, which judged the College among the ‘Best of the Best’ in the UK.

Before Michaelmas Term was out, The Times Education Supplement had confirmed Epsom as runners-up for two of its Independent Schools Awards – for its work in STEM, and its innovative use of digital technology across the whole school curriculum.

Mr Jay Piggot, Headmaster, said, “I am pleased that the achievements of the pupils and the significant advancement of learning across the College has been pulled more sharply into focus by the range of awards and recognition attained this year.”

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On Thursday, Third Form pupils spent the day performing a Mountain Rescue activity on and around Box Hill in Surrey.

The pupils spent the morning recapping

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on essential map skills such as using a compass and bearings, contour lines, grid references and interpreting Ordnance Survey maps.

In the afternoon they set off on a trail, their mission being to rescue a lost walker.

The trail embedded the knowledge of the various topics they had covered in the morning such as compass use and asking questions along the way.

Once they had found the casualty, they then had to find an appropriate place for the rescue helicopter to land and they had to provide directions to find the casualty.

All of the pupils, particularly those groups who got lost along the trail, learnt some lessons about team work and the importance of using a compass which should prove useful in the future.

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Congratulations to Lower Sixth pupil Eleanor Graham (Wh) who recently won joint third place and £100 in the Newnham College, Cambridge History Essay Prize. She

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chose to discuss “Inequality has been the dominant trend in modern history.”

The competition is open to all female students who are currently in Year 12 at any UK school. They are able to enter the prizes which are offered in Architecture, Engineering, History, Modern and Medieval Languages, Philosophy, Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences, as well as the annual ‘Woolf Essay Prize’ with questions inspired by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.

Each of these has a first prize of £400, a second prize of £200 and a third prize of £100. Eleanor will be invited to attend the prize-giving at Newnham College in June 2017.

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The Lent Term is the busiest in the Debating Society’s calendar, as we take part in several national competitions.

In January, Angus Percival (U6 C) and

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Aneirin Horvath (5 Rn), having performed well to win through from the first round of the English Speaking Union’s Mace competition, took part in the regional semi-final, held at Surbiton High School.

They won their debate, proposing the motion that defendants in criminal trials should be represented only by state-employed lawyers, against a good team from St Andrew’s School. Despite the strengths of their case, they lost narrowly to two very experienced teams from Tiffin School for Girls and KCS Wimbledon.

In February we took two teams to the Oxford Schools Debating competition regional round, held at St Catherine’s School, Guildford. This was held in the rather more fearsome British Parliamentary format, in which four teams go head-to-head debating motions which they have had only 15 minutes to prepare, with no outside influence.

Our junior team of Mackenzie Mully (5 R) and Emilie Walsh (L6 R), taking part for the first time, learned much against an exceptional Wellington team, but won their second debate on the motion that the Olympics should always be held in London.  The senior team of Angus Percival (U6 C) and Joe Kendal (U6 F) did well in their first debate, but neither team progressed to the regional final.

The next major competition was the UCL School’s Cup, another British Parliamentary competition, with teams from across the South of England.

Mackenzie Mully and Hugh Smiley (L6 Rn) did very well, placing thirteenth out of 38 in the novice competition, winning one of their four debates and beating teams from Wellington, North London Collegiate and Woldingham.

The other Epsom team of Emily Vandrau (U4 R) and Aneirin Horvath put in strong performances, but the technical intricacies of the judging system meant they lost out narrowly overall. Both teams gained invaluable experience from debating against battle-hardened opposition.

Within the College, debating continues to play an important part of many houses’ lives. Carr have continued their series against Fayrer, with excellent debates on animal rights and mobile devices in schools. Rosebery have initiated Friday debates between members of their M4 and U4 tutor groups, addressing challenging topics such as mixed houses and the place of humanities subjects at GCSE. Each Friday, the debating society meets to improve our skills in technical debating and debate in various formats.

Next term, we look forward to the inter-house Darbyshire Debating competition. This year the competition is being held in the British Parliamentary format for the first time.

This year the English Speaking Union celebrates 60 years of the Mace debating competition, and offered an award to schools which can demonstrate how they are establishing a whole-school debating culture. We are delighted that Epsom received a Commendation, as the judges were impressed with the College’s initiatives that celebrate a whole-school debating culture.

Photo: The UCL School’s Cup Debating Team

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The College swimming team competed at home in a swimming gala against RGS Guildford for the first time in many years. Epsom won the U14

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and U16 events and RGS won the seniors. The overall result was a win for Epsom with 98 points to 88.

The well matched teams had some very tight races, but the U16 boys were the standout team, with great individual performances from Daniel  Marriott (U4 C) and Max Hales (U4 Fa).  Dan won the 100m freestyle in 1:03.9 and Max won the 50m backstroke in 33.6 and the under 16’s won 7 out of their 8 races. Thomas Stannard (M4 C) swam very well in the U14 age group, winning some exceptionally close races, including the 100m freestyle in 1:07.4

The U19 boys lost to RGS 25 points to 31, while the U16 Boys won 31 to 25, winning every race except the Butterfly. In the 50m breaststroke they won with a comfortable margin of four seconds, and a five second lead in the 50m backstroke. The U14 boys won 42 to 32 with a particularly strong first and second place in the 50m breaststroke.

The relays were split down the middle with RGS and Epsom winning 3 each, which sums up what was a very close gala.

Following the departure of the Acting Master in charge of Shooting, Gareth Davies, the Epsom College Rifle Team has continued shooting the small-bore postal matches

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that he initiated during his tenure.

In these, the Rifle Team has achieved much success during the Lent Term. Although the final round of the BSSRA League is yet to be scored, the Epsom College A Team is currently in second place, with all to play for in the final round.

Elsewhere, Nikolai Beloussov (H), was selected to represent England in the BSSRA International Match 2017 for the second time since starting at the College.

In recognition of their international honours, and their long standing contributions to the Rifle Team over a combined total of almost ten years, Nikolai Beloussov and Roland Chan (G) (England, BSSRA International Match 2016) received their major colours this term.

Three Epsom College L6th students took part in the South East Regional Heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Schools' Analyst Competition.

A College team of three L6th students took part on Tuesday this week in the South East Regional Heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s

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Schools’ Analyst Competition.

The three students, John Lee, Omar Zakieh and Fraser Price, thoroughly enjoyed the challenge as one of 20 schools involved in the competition held at Kingston University.

The day consisted of three practical tasks, which were completed over four hours in the labs and involved finding out the percentage of iron in vitamin tablets by titration, using Beer-Lambert’s Law to calculate absorption coefficients and concentrations, and gas chromatography to calculate the percentage of ethanol in an alcoholic drink.

At the end of the competition, the students were given a tour of the analytical machines housed within the Kingston University Chemistry Department, with demonstrations of how the mass spectrometer and NMR spectrometers work by academic staff.

Epsom College's Target Rifle 1st VIII came third in ELEY Cadet Forces .22 Team Competition 2016

Epsom College’s Target Rifle 1st VIII came third in this year’s ELEY Cadet Forces .22 Team Competition (formerly the Country Life Small-Bore Rifle Competition).

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the highest placing an Epsom VIII has managed in this competition for over five years, with the team also scoring second highest in the Landscape shoot – a discipline that has traditionally been a struggle for College teams.

Individually, Roland Chan placed joint 4th nationally with an excellent 92 ex 95 in the group-rapid-snap shoots.

Roland Chan was also confirmed as the only member of the Epsom team to qualify for the final of the British Schools Small-Bore Rifle Association (BSSRA) Leagues/Association Championships, the individual league shot nationally. He placed 19th in the UK over the course of three 10 bull cards, dropping only 14 points.

This was the first time Epsom has entered the individual league and Roland shot outstandingly well to get as high on the board as he did.

The team were rewarded for their excellent shooting during these tough leagues with a trip to the National Small-Bore shooting centre at Bisley for some 50m shooting using electronic targets, which was a completely new experience for all of them.

The squad then took part in the annual Easter Camp, which was also held at Bisley, from 14th-16th April. After doing classroom work inside during Thursday’s sunshine and taking part in a highly successful trampoline dodgeball match against Gresham’s in the evening, they were faced with torrential rain and bitterly cold temperatures for the two days of shooting on the Friday and Saturday.

Unfortunately the Epsom/OE team could not claim victory in the Malvern Cup this year, finishing in third place in the face of a very high standard of shooting by the other schools in the competition. Nevertheless, the experience proved invaluable for a comparatively young team as they prepare for what will be a very challenging term ahead, with newcomers Giles Malone, Molly Message and Maddie Lucklyn-Malone in particular showing boundless enthusiasm.

 

Photo: A 50m shoot using electronic targets was a new experience for the entire squad

Epsom College is delighted to welcome back this year’s GCSE cohort whose outstanding results have seen the College rise 20 places on last year’s performance

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in The Daily Telegraph’s Independent Schools GCSE rankings.

With 38% of all grades awarded at A* and a record 72% in the A*-A range, the College broke into the ranks of the 100 top performing schools in 81st position.

Results this year were particularly strong in the core subjects. In Biology, 64% of grades were awarded at A* and 87% in the A*-A range; in English Literature, 73% of grades were at A*-A; and in Mathematics and Physics, 83% and 77% respectively were in the A*-A range. Art results were spectacular with 85% of grades awarded at A* and 100% at A*-A and in Religious Studies, 94% of entries were in the A*-A range.

This talented set of students have now joined Epsom’s vibrant L6th form to embark on their AS level studies and are looking forward to the challenges that life in the sixth form at the College presents. As one new L6th student commented, “The most exciting part about it is the school allows you to have a lot of independence in what you do like the extra-curricular programme. Additional activities such as EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) or YE (Young Enterprise) provide breadth and new opportunities.”

The approach of the College in the 6th form is, indeed, to support our pupils to become confident, independent learners ready for undergraduate life and the world of work.

 

Photo: Happy students celebrate their GCSE results

A significant leap in A Level results this summer has seen the College climb 44 places on last year’s performance in The Daily Telegraph’s Independent

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Schools A Level rankings, placing the College 79th in the 100 top performing schools in the country.

Epsom’s 2014 leavers recorded a set of results that are amongst the school’s best ever despite widespread media speculation that aggressive grade control could lead to a fall in the awarding of top grades.

Across the year group as a whole students have attained impressive results with 58% of A level entries graded at A* to A.

These excellent results are a tribute to the hard work of the pupils themselves and they are also testament to the high quality of teaching at the College, together with the academic and pastoral support of every teacher, tutor, Housemaster, HousemMistress and Matron.

Undoubtedly, this set of results has benefitted from the key strategic intent of the College to enhance the quality of teaching and learning to all pupils across all year groups. The revised working week, introduction of Heads of Year, Departmental MoTs and the development of the Cultural Hour at the College have contributed to this marked advancement of learning.

Of course, there is so much more to a good education than just exam results and league tables and the College is justly proud of its pupils’ commitment inside the classroom and to the varied life beyond the set academic syllabus. These results attend a year when the 1st XV and Colts XV were unbeaten, whilst the girls’ U16 and 1st XI hockey teams represented the College for the first time at the Regional Hockey Finals. A number of pupils also gained national honours in hockey, rugby, netball, cricket and music.

As the dust settles on the past academic year, it is gratifying to have Epsom’s ethos so richly endorsed and publicly recognised. It remains clear to all that it is perfectly possible to attain good academic grades and still be wholly committed to the rich and varied life of a school that believes in the breadth of an education.

 

Photo: Ellie Payne, Maria Mikhaylova and Immy Bole celebrate their A level results

Tom Williams became the first Old Epsomian to earn a cricket Blue for over 30 years when he represented Oxford University against Cambridge this month.

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son of Epsom College Deputy Head Paul Williams, Tom, who left the College last year, played a pivotal role in helping Oxford inflict the second highest defeat ever on Cambridge in the four-day Varsity match on 2-5 July at Fenners, Cambridge.

Batting first, Oxford notched up a huge total of 550-7 declared in their first innings, which included a record 313 not out from captain Sam Agarwal. Tom finished not out on 9.

Opening the bowling for Oxford, Tom struck early to dismiss the Cambridge openers and went on to take 5-34 off 15 overs as Cambridge were dismissed for 119 runs in their first innings.

With Cambridge following on, he then picked up the first three wickets to fall, including two in two balls, to leave the Light Blues tottering at 7-3.

Oxford eventually bowled out Cambridge for 245 in the second innings to win by an innings and 186 runs, with Tom recording match figures of 27 overs, 9 maidens, 8 wickets for 69 runs.

The victory secured the Varsity series for Oxford following a 7 wicket victory over Cambridge in a rain affected one-day match at Lord’s on 15 June. Tom missed the latter match through injury but was delighted to have helped Oxford win the Varsity series, having also represented the university in the abandoned Varsity T20 match two weeks earlier.

Tom, who has just completed his first year at Oxford, is reading Chemistry at Balliol, and has also represented the university at hockey. With a distinction in his end of year examinations already secured, he credits his ability to manage the combined pressures of academia and sport to the experiences he gained at Epsom, where he played 1st XI cricket for three years and 1st XI hockey for two years.

“A tremendous achievement and in his first year too. We are so proud of what Tom has accomplished this season and to make such a significant contribution to Oxford’s victory was even more impressive,” said Director of Sport, Fi Drinkall.

 

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