Post A-level student update.

After an excellent set of A level results for year 13 students in the summer, the majority are now starting their first year at the university of their choice. I have been keeping updated on any changes since results day and there have been some inspirational stories regarding the routes that students are now taking.

James Unitt Jones was offered a last minute place to study Medicine at Southampton after his exam performance in the summer. James was tenacious in his research, completing work experience at a local dental practice before settling on Medicine. He participated in mock interviews at Bryanston School due to the close liaison between the two schools which prepared him for interviews and when I spoke to him on results day, he was delighted to be achieving his goal and to be accepted into this highly competitive arena.

Elias Mead achieved exceptional results with A*A*A*A and will soon be heading off to London School of Economics to study Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method. Elias is an ambitious and motivated student who is certain to excel in Higher Education.

Other success stories include Oliver Melbourne and Sam Eager who both achieved three A grades at A level and have both chosen to study Physics at Bath University. The Performing Arts students have also taken the opportunity to widen their expertise with Gavin Marish and Ryan Brown both going to Roehampton to study Musical Theatre, Zoe Hickson taking the fantastic opportunity to attend Italia Conti to start her foundation year in Musical Theatre and Becky Tun Pe starting on the next stage of Urban Dance at University East London. Phil Taylor will be studying Physiotherapy at Nottingham whilst Sasha Whale has earnt a place at Southampton to train in Occupational Therapy.

Penny Cross has decided to use her language skills to train as an interpreter in the army and she is currently undergoing the selection process for this opportunity. Whereas Sophie Cox, an able linguist, has taken the opportunity to work part time with a family in Belgium, teaching the children English, and to study language in college before considering whether to apply to study language further in Belgium or return to UCL.

However, not all students have chosen the route to university. Conor Wills has secured an apprenticeship place at Cobham Engineering, a high profile apprenticeship which specialises in aeronautical engineering. Conor is extremely pleased to have beaten stiff competition to secure this place.