Ti­mothy set to make waves at Ox­ford

Harefield Gazette - - A LEVELS -

A 24-YEAR-OLD for­mer life­guard and shop as­sis­tant who stud­ied at Uxbridge Col­lege was ‘bounc­ing off the walls’ on Thurs­day, af­ter his A level re­sults were good enough to se­cure a place at Ox­ford Univer­sity.

Ti­mothy Hard­ing, from Pin­ner, had taken time out of ed­u­ca­tion to work a num­ber of dif­fer­ent jobs be­fore he opted to aim high and go to univer­sity.

Af­ter get­ting A*, A, A and B grades, Ti­mothy will now be head­ing off to one of the best uni­ver­si­ties in the coun­try to study physics.

Ti­mothy will be study­ing at Brasenose Col­lege, in Ox­ford, at the start of the next aca­demic year, and he had a mes­sage of op­ti­mism for stu­dents like him.

He said: “What­ever you’ve been do­ing in past years, and even if your GC­SEs aren’t that good, you can still do it.

“In fact, 90% of the en­try re­quire­ment is to do with the ad­mis­sions test and in­ter­view process.

“Ox­ford and Cam­bridge are look­ing for well-rounded peo­ple.”

Com­pe­ti­tion was tough this year with some stu­dents strug­gling to find places at univer­sity, in­clud­ing one Green­ford pupil who found her­self with­out a place de­spite get­ting straight As.

He said: “I am very happy and some­what re­lieved to know I have achieved my goal to get to Ox­ford Univer­sity.

“I re­ally didn’t think I was go­ing to get in as my GC­SEs are mostly Bs, in­clud­ing a B in physics, and I’ve had to do my A lev­els twice.”

Head of the academy at Uxbridge Col­lege, which teaches A lev­els, GC­SEs and vo­ca­tional science, Amanda Wash­brook said: “I would like to say a huge con­grat­u­la­tions to Ti­mothy and to all our other A level achiev­ers this year.

“We have seen some re­ally ex­cel­lent in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances, both in terms of high grades and dis­tance trav­elled.”

n OX­FORD-BOUND: Ti­mothy Hard­ing

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