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Harry Fagan studying Medicine at Merton College Oxford

First class success at Purbeck

Harry Fagan is a great example of The Purbeck School alumni’s success. He achieved a first class degree from Oxford University in Medicine.

Harry was the only medical student from Merton College Oxford to be awarded a first in 2016.

On a return visit to our school Harry said, ‘It still hasn’t sunk in yet. I wasn’t really expecting it so it was a massive surprise. I’m extremely happy!’

Harry left the school after gaining four A* A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

‘I do feel that The Purbeck School was really supportive throughout.  They put me in touch with a summer school at Oxford University which led me to experience what it might be like to study there.  I took all the sciences and maths at A Level and my teachers really interested me in all those fields.

‘In September I will be at The Clinical School in Oxford where I’ll be having clinical placements and seeing patients full time.  I guess it will be a bit of a change from the last three years but I’m really looking forward to it.’

Some top tips from Harry for students wishing to pursue a career in medicine are to try and get as much work experience as they can, even if it’s not with doctors.  He recommends that care homes can be a good source of work placement. He also feels that researching the various structures of courses at different universities is important, as is trying to organise mock interviews and doing as much practice as possible for the admissions tests.

The Purbeck School is incredibly proud of Harry and all its other alumni who have graduated so impressively over recent years.

If you are a student, or parent of a student, interested in finding out more about studying at The Purbeck School please telephone 01929 550077 to arrange for a personal tour with a senior member of staff.


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Music Credits

Bethany Fisher
“Daily Beetle” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


Harry Fagan
“Carefree” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


Tom Watts
“Life of Riley” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


Liam Voysey
“Sunshine A” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0