Eleven Reigate Grammar School students have given their school its highest number of successful Oxbridge applications for more than a decade.

The students received the news of offers from Oxford or Cambridge universities after sitting their mock A Level exams and after a five-month application and selection process, including tough interviews at the universities. Headmaster David Thomas said: "I whole-heartedly praise this talented and hard-working group of young people who have seen their efforts rewarded. “The Oxbridge selection process is a lengthy and very challenging process, both academically and personally. They have my warm congratulations.”

He added: "To have 11 candidates receive offers is also something for the school to celebrate. “This is the highest number in my years as headmaster and I thank all of the staff here for their input and their continued support for the students." The Oxbridge offers follow the school's best ever A Level results last summer with more than nine out of every ten grades awarded an A or B grade. The most recent set of A Level results saw the percentage of A and B grades jump to 91 per cent, with an over-all pass rate at grades A to C of 100%. The school was also rated in the top three per cent of schools nationally for added value - translated as students' academic achievements at the end of their secondary education versus their predicted achievements at age 11. Nine of Reigate Grammar School's 11 successful Oxbridge candidates are pictured: Luke O'Boyle, Emily Horn, Grace Denley, Bea Crayford, Christopher Douse, Lucas Birrell-Gray, Rachel Stirrat, Sarah Perry and Hannah Everness.