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School shows pride at physics students’ success

Thirteen students at Catholic comprehensive in Maidstone gain Oxbridge places

By on Wednesday, 9 February 2011

From left: Christopher Sarnowski, Brendan Wall, headteacher of St Simon Stock school, and David Ryan

From left: Christopher Sarnowski, Brendan Wall, headteacher of St Simon Stock school, and David Ryan

At St Simon Stock Catholic school in Maidstone, Kent, 13 students in the current year have gained places at Oxford and Cambridge universities.

The school is a Catholic comprehensive school in Maidstone and it competes against four grammar schools in the town.

David Ryan gained a place at Magdalen College, Oxford, to study Physics. Mr Ryan gained first place in the Oxford Physics Aptitude Test that was sat by well over 900 candidates who applied to study Physics at Oxford. He has also managed to secure a place in the third round of the British Physics Olympiad. Christopher Sarnowski has gained a place at Corpus Christi College Cambridge to study Natural Sciences. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a mixed Catholic comprehensive school in a selective authority, located on a pleasant campus in Maidstone, Kent.

The school welcomes students of all levels of ability and our mission is that all our students, guided by Gospel values, achieve their full potential within the Christian context of service to others. The school was founded in honour of St Simon Stock, an Englishman who lived in the 13th century and was an early prior general of the Carmelites. The Blessed Virgin Mary is traditionally said to have appeared to him and given him the Carmelite habit, the Brown Scapular.