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South Cumbria college students receive offers from top universities

COLLEGE students in Furness are starting to realise their ambitions with the receipt of offers from prestigious universities.

Today the Evening Mail looks at some of Barrow Sixth Form College’s success stories.

The reality of receiving offers to study at some of the world’s leading academic institutions is just starting to sink in for sixth formers in Furness.

Luke Stoker and Lynden Park are thrilled to have conditional offers to study at The University of Cambridge.

The 18-year-old Barrow Sixth Form College students have gained offers in the extremely competitive field of maths.

Luke, of Walney, is aiming to read maths at Sidney Sussex College, while Lynden, of Millom, has his sights on Magdalene College to read maths with physics.

The talented mathematicians will have to complete the STEP II exam as well as meeting their offers.

Luke, an ex-Walney School student, now needs an A* and two As in his A-Levels.

On receiving his Cambridge offer, he said: “It was a really big surprise because I didn’t think my interviews went well, in fact I thought it went dreadfully.

“I just thought it was a lost cause because it was a long shot anyway, but I was really delighted to get an offer.

“My family were really surprised at first, but they are really happy.”

Luke’s interest in Cambridge grew after he attended a university summer school.

He said: “I was really excited by it. I still thought it was a long shot but it was my top choice.”

Luke has thanked his tutors and particularly the help he received from his maths teacher, Alison Hewson.

He said: “My favourite subject when I arrived at college was history, but when I came here I absolutely loved maths and further maths. Maths has been supported here by physics which works really well as a combination.”

Luke will be continuing the hard work to achieve his ambitions, and said: “All that matters is giving it my best.”

Lorna Sharpe has a conditional offer to study neuroscience at King’s College London.

The 17-year-old, of Ulverston, needs to achieve two As and a B.

She said: “I wasn’t expecting it, but I was really glad to get it. “I know it’s a lot of work but I have done a lot of work to get to this stage and hopefully I will get the grades.”

Lorna said the university’s neuroscience centre offered great opportunities for her.

The ex-St Bernard’s Catholic High School student is interested in a career developing drugs for neurological conditions.

Lorna thanked her tutors for the support.

Sue Hannan, a Barrow Sixth Form College director, who looks after student progression, said: “Luke is a popular and well-rounded student with a solid work ethic that has led him to an offer from Cambridge; he has the potential to achieve great things and will be an asset to university.

He is an extremely competent and highly motivated mathematician, his attitude to independent study and learning is nothing short of outstanding.

“Lorna is a wonderful student with great drive and determination. She is an incredibly hard-working student who always strives to achieve her absolute best. She is often one of the first students in college and the last to leave.”

Applications to universities from college students have risen this year, despite the national trend showing a fall.

Mrs Hannan said: “In 2011-12 we had 66 per cent of students apply, in 2010-11 our figures show that 83 per cent of students applied. This year 74 per cent of students have made applications. It is incredibly pleasing to see students’ aspirations fulfilled on results day.”

Have your say

Well done those young people! Celebrate your success and well done to the teachers there for inspiring and helping these youngsters to do so well!

Posted by Bob Robson on 6 February 2013 at 18:25

Congratulations to all those and other students with the chance to progress in the future. We're fortunate to have such an excellent place for our young ones to study, my daughter went to the 6th form and really enjoyed it. She actually got on an A level apprenticip scheme when she finished. Oh, and 'mum b' why not just congratulate them?! The article foucused on barrow 6th form this time, there have been more than plenty of articles about other schools in the paper before. Maybe the focus is becuase it's our only 6th form college in the whole area??

Posted by J Hoddle on 6 February 2013 at 17:58

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