Top grades at Newman College

Staff at Preston's Cardinal Newman College said they were determined not to let the Covid-19 pandemic overshadow the successful end to sixth form life for their year 13.

Friday, 14th August 2020, 11:29 am
Cardinal Newman student Oliver Atkinson has landed himself an apprenticeship at BAe Systems

A spokesman said: " There couldn’t be a better time to celebrate the individual successes of our students, from those who have secured highly sought after places at prestigious universities, to those who have gained impressive higher level apprenticeships at top UK companies, they are proof that nothing can get in the way of our students success."

Success stories include students who have secured some of the most highly sought after and competitive apprenticeship schemes in the local area.

Former Garstang Academy pupil Oliver Atkinson has secured himself a place at BAe Systems on a degree apprenticeship programme to train in project management, whilst also earning a degree.

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Nandhan and Navarasan are off to study at Manchester university

Oliver decided to apply for an apprenticeship as he felt university wasn’t for him. He went through the rigorous selection process and was finally selected as one of about 700/800 candidates out of approximately 9,000 applicants.

He studied BTEC applied science, A-Level psychology and politics at Cardinal Newman, achieving a DS*AA.

He will start in January and said: "I am really looking forward to starting at BAE, I feel like I will really enjoy the more rounded experience that this type of programme will offer me."

The college has also had another great year of success for medicine, dentistry and vet science applicants, with students securing places on the highly sought-after degree courses.

Twins Nandhan and Navarasan Pradeesh, who attended Archbishop Temple High School, both studied biology, chemistry and maths and EPQ, Navarasan achieved A*A*A*A* and Nandhan achieved A*AAA which has secured their places at the University of Manchester to study medicine.

The college also has a number of students heading to Oxford and Cambridge including Ffion Fox, who after studying A-Levels in English combined, law and early modern history and achieving A*AA is taking up her place to study law at Oxford.

Former Chorley Holy Cross pupil Caitlin Whittaker. studied English language, English literature and ethics philosophy and religion achieving AAA, to now secured her place at Oxford to study English.

Harvey Brittain, who had a single out earlier in the year called “It’s My Paris”, managed to secure himself a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston USA, where he plans to major in music performance. Harvey, who studied music performance, music production and A-Level German at Newman achieved DS*DS*A*,