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Academy student is Oxford bound! - 26/03/2018

The current Head Girl at University Church of England Academy (UCEA) has beaten stiff competition to be offered a place to study English at the University of Oxford, with the added bonus of a fully funded foundation year. 

Staff and students at UCEA are extremely proud of the achievements of Year 13 student, Zoe Butler. 

The University of Oxford paid for Zoe to travel down and stay overnight at Lady Margaret Hall, which is the college Zoe will be learning and living in. Zoe was tasked with preparing a piece of poetry analysis to discuss during the rigorous interview process and was one of only two candidates chosen, from over 300 applicants, to receive the fully funded tutoring. 

Already a positive role model within the Academy via her commitments to the role of Head Girl, Zoe is now a shining example of what students at UCEA can achieve through hard work, dedication and the right support. 

The Academy will now continue to support Zoe on her journey to achieve the grades required to make this life changing opportunity a reality. 

Zoe said: “The Academy has been instrumental on this journey, and every time I’ve doubted myself they’ve believed in me and it has really paid off. I’m so grateful to be able to say ‘I’ll be attending Oxford in September to study English’ as it has always been a subject I’ve loved and where I can always let my imagination flow. 

“In the future, I hope to complete my degree and then enrol onto a four-year training programme to become a Social Researcher in the House of Commons. The Academy has given me so many opportunities to really develop myself and find where my interests lie, and I think that the enthusiasm I had came through in my interview and was one of the reasons why I was selected. 

“I’m extremely thankful that all of the staff have been behind me every step of the way, and I can definitely say it has paid off!” 

Vicky Da Silva, Assistant Principal and Head of Sixth Form, said: “We are so pleased for Zoe and look forward to seeing her reap the benefits of all of her hard work and determination. This is an excellent experience for her on her road to a successful future career. She thoroughly deserves this opportunity and we are committed to ensuring she achieves her full potential.”