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Students Celebrate Top University Offers

In recent weeks its been exciting to hear the news of impressive university and employment offers being received by Aldridge sixth-formers and former students.

We are pleased to report that two recent BACA students have secured provisional places at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities for 2021.

Sermed Ghouri and Amanda Kangai, who both left BACA in 2019, have been offered places to read Physics and Engineering at Oxford and Cambridge respectively.

Sermed follows the success of his older brother Hummd, who has himself pursued a university - based career since leaving BACA in 2017, and achieved ten higher grades including additional studies in Triple Science which he completed during Saturday study sessions whilst he was in years 9 and 10.

Amanda, who gained 13 higher grades at GCSE, including a self-studied course in Economics, has been offered a provisional place at one of Cambridge’s oldest colleges - Gonville & Caius.

She said:  "I will always be grateful to all the teachers at BACA for the support and encouragement!! BACA definitely gave me the best 5 years I could ever possibly ask or wish for."

Sermed commented: “I owe so much of my success to the teachers at BACA who helped me a lot more than I could have possibly imagined”.

Heading in a different direction, Ben Whitmore, from BACA's class of 2019, will be travelling to America in August this year to take up a full football scholarship at Quincy University, Illinois. Quicy is one of the top universities in North America for soccer.

Jamie Hindle, Deputy Head boy at Darwen Vale High School in 2018/2019, has been accepted to St. Johns College, Oxford, for the 2021 cohort. He will be studying Engineering Science on a three year program.

Jamie left Vale in 2019 after achieving  9 GCSEs including 9s in Chemistry, Maths and Physics and an A grade in Further Maths. He continued his education at Runshaw College and studied Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics where he is predicted A*s in all subjects.

Jamie said: "‘I enjoyed my time at Vale and studying Physics at inspired me to take my A-Level choices which enabled me to progress further."

DACA student Zoe Porter has gained an offer to read history at St John’s College Cambridge. She will be the first generation in her family to go to university.

All five of the Academy's students who applied to Durham University have been offered a place at their first choice of college, including University College, Hatfield and St Cuthbert’s Society. This year DACA students have had success in applications for a wide variety of courses, with offers received for subjects such as medicine, nursing (adult/child/mental health/veterinary), law, PPE, mathematics, computer science, history of art, history, Spanish, psychology, physiotherapy, diagnostic radiography and business. 

Good luck to all current and former Aldridge students applying to university, for apprenticeships or to start their careers this year. Please keep in contact and let us know how you are getting on.