Oxford hopeful handed award

Valerie Todd CBE, Talent & Resources Director at Crossrail, gives Grace Carpenter her award
Valerie Todd CBE, Talent & Resources Director at Crossrail, gives Grace Carpenter her award
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A maths whizz has spoken of her dreams of going to Oxford and landing her dream job after winning a national competition.

Straight A student Grace Carpenter was honoured at the first Student of the Year Awards, launched to find the UK’s brightest youngsters.

The 17-year-old, who lives with her family in Station Road, Poulton, said: “I could not believe it when my name was read out, but I’m over the moon.

“It’s nice to have something as a reward for all the hard work over the years. It was not just about being good at maths, it was about my volunteering too.”

Grace was awarded for her hard work helping others, and is one of only five students in England to be given a scholarship to the International Science School at Sydney University this summer, where she studied under some of the world’s leading boffins.

The Blackpool Sixth Form College student is expected to get As in all five of her subjects: Maths; Further Maths; Physics; English Literature and Critical Thinking.

She hopes to move into a specialised area of physics after studying at university either in the UK or USA, with Oxford her preference.

Awards founder and judger Tim Campbell MBE said: “Grace’s academic achievements really impressed the judges and the range of activities she has undertaken for a student of her tender age is remarkable.

“From teaching English to young students in Kathmandu, raising money for the Nepal disaster, through to a trekking expedition to Andalusia, Grace is clearly extremely talented and has unwavering determination.”

Education secretary Nicky Morgan also spoke at the event, she said: “I am delighted to see the accomplishments of these fantastic young students being celebrated.

“Their efforts demonstrate what can be achieved by hard work and it is particularly pleasing to see how much they also give back to their schools and communities.”