December 6 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 16, 2013
A determined Fakenham student has finally achieved his dream place at Cambridge University, having stayed an extra year at college to complete two AS courses – a year after his four A* grade A Levels failed to secure him a place.
Conor Bacon, from Gladstone Road, found out last January that he had failed his interview based on his predicted grades, a disappointment which spurred him on to achieve a clean sweep of top A* grades in maths, physics, further maths and chemistry last summer.
With those results secured he resolved to re-apply but, rather than resting on his laurels, the 18-year-old used the intervening year to pick up extra qualifications in geology and additional further maths, as well as earning some money in a restaurant job and helping to tutor fellow maths students.
“Last year, I resigned myself to knowing my interview had not gone fantastically,” he said. “It was unbelievably disappointing. Cambridge was the only thing I was aiming for, so I took that and worked on my exams even harder.
“I decided that ultimately, to be able to re-apply, I needed four A*s and to have that extra level competitiveness.
“It helped me to focus more and it made me understand that if I wanted to prove myself I would have to work for it. So that’s what I did. It feels very satisfying to know that it has paid off.”
Even after securing an unconditional offer in January for a place at Cambridge, Conor said he didn’t want to slack off in his AS studies.
“I told myself it didn’t matter, but I didn’t want it to look like I had taken my foot off the pedal,” he said. He will begin his degree in physical natural sciences in October.”