A chemistry student got the perfect reaction when Oxford University accepted her application to study with them.
A* student Elise Hall is on track to realise her dreams of working at NASA and winning a Nobel Prize for chemistry after being offered a place at the prestigious university.
The Carr Hill Sixth Form student said she was inspired by her teachers Alex Jordinson and Claire Smith for bringing out and encouraging, her natural ability in the subject she didn’t enjoy just a few years ago.
The 18-year-old will be the first in her family to go to university and is one of the girls Oxford University has been keen to attract to up numbers of women studying the subject - as more than half of undergraduates are male.
She added: “I am nervous about moving away to a new city but excited too. When I visited Oxford University I felt like it was my second home.”
Elise hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Oxford tutor Dorothy Hodgkin, who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1964 for discovering the structure of vitamin B12.
She said: “At Oxford the tutors are really interested in your passion for the subject.
“I made that the focus in my interviews and ensured that I always showed an enthusiasm and a desire to learn more about chemistry.”
The A* student had not considered applying for Oxford until head of sixth form Paul Wallace suggested it.
Mr Wallace, who retires this year after 27 years at Carr Hill, in Kirkham, had always had ambitions to see one of his students accepted at Oxford.
Paul said: “This is a fabulous achievement for Elise and a reflection of the hard work she has put in. It also demonstrates the passion of Carr Hill’s staff to encourage students to fulfil their ambitions.”
Elise now has to achieve an A* and two As in her maths, biology and chemistry A Levels to secure her place at the top university.