Oxbridge success for Christ College Quartet

Four Christ College Brecon students are celebrating after being offered places to study at Oxford and Cambridge Universities

Aisling Tarpey has received an unconditional offer to read English at Lincoln College, Oxford; Adonijah Airede to study Natural Sciences at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge; Hayato Kaneda to University College, Oxford for Physics; and Kevin Zhao to read Engineering at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

Aisling, from Cradoc, Brecon, joined Christ College Brecon seven years ago. She said: “The English department provided me with a lot of guidance and resources, and I was able to have two practise interviews. These mock interviews were especially helpful as I felt more confident on the day.”

Adonijah Airede, from Abuja, Nigeria; Hayato Kaneda, from Tokyo, Japan; and Kevin Zhao, from Shanghai, China; all joined Christ College Brecon in Sixth Form. Eager to spend some time studying in the UK, they chose Christ College.

‘A whole person approach is key to the success and fulfilment of our pupils, whatever subject they choose to specialise in.”

Christ College was able to assist all pupils in their applications, even when they were not very familiar with the UK system. Teachers suggested resources, and helped pupils to find their subjects and deepen their interest.

Hayato said: “I didn’t know anything about uni applications, but teachers talked me through the process. At first, I didn’t even know what subject to choose, but they advised me to look at different websites, videos, books, to further develop my knowledge. Teachers at Christ College also encouraged me to do extra work, such as taking part in the Physics Olympiad, and taught us way beyond A Level.”

Head of Christ College, Gareth Pearson, said: “Aisling, Adonijah, Hayato and Kevin should be as proud of their achievement as we are. We want our pupils to truly enjoy their academic learning and personal development, to reach their best potential. Such good news confirmed and strengthened the belief, shared by all our staff, that a whole person approach is key to the success and fulfilment of our pupils, whatever subject they choose to specialise in.”

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