Elite Group

Are you flying high in Year 11, achieving a clutch of Grade 9’s in most subjects?

Are you performing within the top 10 of your year group?

Do you have aspirations of Oxbridge, top Russell group Universities or specialist arts institutions?

Then the Elite Group at Rainhill Sixth Form is for you.

With the Elite Group’s support, the sky is the limit.

  • Successful medical application
  • 4 times as many students applied to Oxbridge this year
  • All elite students applied to Russell group and top specialist arts institutions
  • Double the number of Oxbridge interviews

Why do we have an Elite Group?

When you are a high achiever, we recognise that your journey is a little steeper. Different pathways to your peers open up post 18, but so does the competition with other elite students across the country. You will face a more rigorous application process with admissions tests to sit and interviews to master.

Here at Rainhill Sixth Form we want to ensure that you are fully prepared and supported from day one. This is why we have the Elite Group.

How do I become a member of the Elite Group?

The Elite Group is chosen at the start of Year 12. The Sixth Form Leadership team select the top performing students, based on their GCSE results, and invite them to an initial meeting.

What opportunities and support do I get in the Elite group?

Being small and selective, the Elite Group can fully focus on supporting you as in individual.

Half termly mentor meetings are held to support your academic progression and develop your experiences in and around the Sixth Form.

We also offer a number of opportunities to make sure you are fully prepared for your next step:

  • Support to find quality work experience;
  • An exclusive residential to Warwick University;
  • Oxford and Cambridge University student shadowing;
  • Oxbridge application workshops with the Cambridge outreach officer;
  • Oxbridge Conference at Aintree Racecourse;
  • Sutton Scholars Summer School programme;
  • Mock admissions tests with feedback;
  • Mock University interviews with feedback;
Daniel Margetts Factfile
Name: Daniel Margetts

Destination and Course: Oxford University – Biochemistry

Fact File

Primary School – St. Ann’s CE Primary School

GCSEs – Subjects and Grades

A* – Biology, Chemisty, Physics, Media Studies, English Literature, History, Maths
A – English Language, Spanish

A levels – A2 – Subjects and Grades

A* – Biology
A*- Chemistry
A* – Maths

1. How did your feel on your first day in Year 7?

Very excited at coming to big school with my friends from St. Ann’s Primary.

2. What clubs and activities have you done since starting at Rainhill?

Duke of Edinburgh Awards – Bronze, Silver, Gold. Work Experience at Whiston NHS General Hospital within the Pathology Department. Team member in the Regional and National European Youth Parliament Debating Competitions. Participation at UNIQ Oxford University (Unique Summer School) event.

3.  Why did you choose Rainhill Sixth Form?

Personalised and positive working environment with dedicated teachers who were all willing to help you succeed regardless of your academic prowess.

4. What was the highlight of your time at Rainhill?

Being involved in the Sixth Form debating society and competing at the European Youth Parliament. Taking part in work experience at Whiston Hospital which gave me a great insight and interest in making the right choice regarding my course I am now going to study at University.

5. What advice would you give to Rainhill students?

Though learning, revision and independent work can be daunting and hard at first at Sixth Form, don’t get too worried about it, just try to enjoy the subjects you have chosen and seek help and further understanding when you need it from your teachers, they really help you.

6. Who were your favourite teachers?

All of them were fantastic, too hard and unfair to single anyone out!

7. Why did you choose the course at University?

I was drawn to the complexity and spectrum of the subject and upon realising how Biology and Chemistry overlap which I find very humbling.

8. Why did you choose this university?

Because of the course content and the way its taught, the tutorial and college parent system and after visiting the whole ethos felt right to me.

9. How did you feel when you knew you had got into University?

Disbelief as it didn’t sink in initially, then relief and amazement!

10. What was your parent’s / family reaction when they found out you got in?


11. What are you most looking forward to at University?

The course itself, meeting friends on the course and also within my college and the excitement and experiences that being at Uni will bring whatever those may transpire to be.

12. Where are you going to be living?

Within student halls and accommodation.

13. What are you long term career plans?

Ideally to go on to complete a PHD, research fellow, lectureship and/or teach.

Charlotte Swadkins Factfile