Pupils’ chance to study at top universities

Niamh Keeling and Tonia Lawes have been given an opportunity to study at two of the UKs top universities. ANL-160505-164836001
Niamh Keeling and Tonia Lawes have been given an opportunity to study at two of the UKs top universities. ANL-160505-164836001

Ambitious students in Sudbury will be heading off to two of the country’s top universities in the summer.

Ormiston Sudbury Academy sixth formers, Niamh Keeling and Tonia Lawes have been given an outstanding opportunity to study at two of the UK’s top universities by way of the Sutton Trust Summer Schools programme.

The scheme gives academically able students, who will often be the first in their families to go to university, a chance to see what it is like to be a first year undergraduate and an insight into their chosen subject.

Niamh will go to Durham University for a week in July to study medicine and Tonia will be going to Cambridge to study archaeology and bio-anthropology.

The pair were among 20,000 students across the country to apply to attend the programme.

Out of eight applications from the school, Niamh and Tonia were the only Sudbury pupils to get one of the 2,000 places available at universities all over the country.

Both excited for the five day experience, Niamh said she wanted to be a surgeon and hoped the experience would give her the opportunity to realise her dreams.

Tonia has already studied archaeology at the Academy and added that she hoped to gain further insight into a subject she loves.

Recently appointed head of sixth form, Paul Stokes, said: “This is an outstanding opportunity for Niamh and Tonia to experience quality education at some of the leading universities in the country. I hope this inspires them to aim high and achieve their potential next year”.

Academy principal Caroline Wilson added: “In a very competitive and strong field of candidates, our students have demonstrated their commitment to their learning.

“By engaging in this opportunity they will further prepare themselves for university and ultimately the world of work.”