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Roding Valley High School student secures spot at University of Cambridge

21 Aug Roding Valley High School student secures spot at University of Cambridge

A student from Roding Valley High School, a state school in Loughton, Essex, secured a hotly contested place at one of the world’s most prestigious universities, the University of Cambridge. Igor, who achieved A*, A*, A, A, A in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics and his Extended Project Qualification respectively, will begin his studies in Biological Natural Sciences at the University in just a few weeks’ time.

The University of Cambridge is renowned for having one of the most competitive application systems in the country; according to its latest application figures, just 18.9% of the 18,378 students who applied to study at the University of Cambridge in 2018, were successful.

Igor said: “I am so excited to be going to the University of Cambridge to study Biological Natural Sciences. I would like to thank both my teachers and the administrative staff at Roding Valley High School for the support I’ve received over the seven years I have studied there. I would also like to thank my peers for their constant encouragement and belief in each other – they made it a joy to study at Roding Valley High School.”

Igor’s achievement follows a string of successes for A Level students at Roding Valley High School, the majority of whom will be studying at their first-choice universities, of which a large number are Russell Group, including Newcastle University, King’s College London and Queen Mary’s. The school champions a variety of post-18 options for its students, and the A Level results day also saw a number of students celebrating their secured places on higher level apprenticeships and sponsored degree programmes at top firms such as Schroders and BDO.

Sharon Jenner, Headteacher at Roding Valley High School, said: “We are so proud of Igor’s achievement and to have supported him during his journey at Roding Valley High School. As with all of our students, this result is a product of his hard work and commitment and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for him – although we will, of course, be sad to see him go! Igor follows in the footsteps of our previous Head Girl, Olivia Tinker, who secured a place at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, to read History in 2017 – from our very first year 13 cohort.

“This is proof of our growing reputation as a successful sixth form that celebrates high academic success and has the ability to support our students through to the very top universities.”