named a finalist in Independent Schools of the Year 2021

Tuesday September 7, 2021

For the second year running, Concord is delighted to announce that it is a finalist for an award in the prestigious, annual Independent Schools of the Year (ISOTY) awards. In 2020, Concord was a finalist in the ‘Rising Star of the Year’ category, thanks to the extraordinary achievements of recent alumnus, Ian Soh, launching #MoreViralThanTheVirus (MVTTV) – an online global movement of young people, recognised for their response to Covid-19, battling the spread of misinformation, and their ongoing collaboration with the World Health Organisation during the pandemic. This year, while the ISOTY competition received a record number of nominations and entries, Concord is a finalist in the ‘Student Careers’ category, for the college’s “life-changing” Medicine Support Programme, competing alongside five other schools. In a recent email communication to the college, the ISOTY team said: “Congratulations! We are delighted to be able to tell you that Concord College has now been selected as a Finalist in the Student Careers category. “This is a significant achievement. Well done!” Every year, the college has many students applying for courses in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Dentistry – ever-competitive fields to study and work in, and Concord aims to provide a world-class programme of support and preparation for university and beyond. Success has also been evidenced annually, and despite record numbers of applications to study medicine at Top UK universities – in the tens of thousands – 67 Concordians have gained places at medical, veterinary, or dental schools in the last two years alone (2020 and 2021 leavers) – most of which were for UK Top 10 universities (Times World Rankings). Speaking of the recent success, Concord’s Head of Science, Mr Barry Brown said: “The team is delighted that, in what has been the most challenging year we’ve ever seen for medical admissions, we have still seen significant numbers of students gaining places at top medical, dental and veterinary schools in the UK and further afield. “This includes two scholarships to study at Hong Kong Medical School.” He added: “We are now fully involved in supporting the next cohort of aspiring medics, dentists and vets, in what is likely to be an equally challenging year.” The winners of each ISOTY award category, plus the overall Independent School of the Year, will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday 7th October at 3pm. A full list of finalists can be viewed by clicking here.