For the second successive year at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy there is Oxbridge success, as Sixth Former Tamara Newton has been given an unconditional offer to study Fine Art at the University of Oxford. She will join up with former Academy Sixth Former, Khushna Sulaman-Butt, who started her degree at Ruskin College, Oxford last September.
After gaining A*AA in her A Levels in the summer, Tamara applied to Oxford at the start of her Gap Year and after impressing university academics over a testing 2 day process, including being interviewed by the 2012 Turner Prize winning artist Elizabeth Price, she was awarded her place for September this year.
Louise Klinck (Director of Learning – Art) said of Tamaraís achievement, “Tammy thoroughly deserves this. She has worked incredibly hard on her technical ability and contextual understanding to be able to express her ideas to such a high standard. Her work is some of the most innovative and creative I have seen in someone so young.”
Tamara was one of the Academy’s gifted and talented students, and all Academy staff receive regular training in how to make sure highly able students are constantly stretched and challenged. Howard McWilliam (Assistant Principal) said, “We recognised from very early on that Tammy was both an outstanding academic and creative student, and our expert staff have carefully nurtured her talents. We are all very pleased for her. She is undoubtedly an artistic force for the future and we look forward to her regular visits to work with our current Sixth Formers.”
Tamara said “Waiting for the result of my interview was nerve wracking and I was ecstatic when I received my letter. I’m so happy to be going to Oxford and cannot thank my teachers enough. They were inspirational and constantly challenged me to take risks and experiment with ideas. They’re all amazing people who give up huge amounts of their free time in evening and at weekends to help students.”
Tamara’s success, along with the Academy’s excellent examination results and where the Sixth Form was placed in the Government’s Performance Tables released last week, confirms that the Academy’s Sixth Form is one of the best performing in the North West.