The Nottingham Emmanuel School is once again wishing well to a Sixth Form student as they land a place at Cambridge University.
Kinga Sitkiewicz said when the confirmation of a place arrived, the news didn’t sink in straight away.
“I actually didn’t know how to feel about it, – it came all of a sudden. I don’t think it really sank in for a couple of days,” Kinga said.
“My A levels in Psychology, History and Mathematics developed in me a love of learning and honed my ability to critically appraise information.
“The main reason as to why I actually chose to apply for History and Politics at university was because the modules within the degree course at each respective university were more suited to my tastes than a pure History degree – not to mention that I have an equal interest in modern affairs as I do to key periods and eras of the past.
“The Nottingham Emmanuel Sixth Form has given me many opportunities to be involved in university progression programmes, such as Teach First and the Sutton Trust.
“It was these experiences that shaped my decision to apply to Cambridge University as they enabled me to gain a further insight into both the teaching methods at both Oxford and Cambridge and the cities themselves.
“I found myself really engaged in the lectures at Cambridge and quickly developed friendly relationships with people I saw regularly on my course as well as the people outside of it.”
Lucy Tickle is head of Nottingham Emmanuel’s School’s Sixth Form and an associate assistant principal.
She said: “As a Sixth Form, we are incredibly proud of Kinga. She is an immensely driven and hard-working individual who is relentless in her pursuit of excellence.
“Kinga has been fully involved in the wide range of opportunities we offer our students here at Emmanuel. She has attended university summer schools and master classes and has been part of our Higher Education Plus programme.
“This enabled her to visit Cambridge University for a day to sample lectures, tour the campus and speak to current undergraduates and teaching staff.
“It gave Kinga a taste of what studying at a competitive Oxbridge university might be like and provided her with some excellent advice about how to strengthen her university application.
“Cambridge University wrote to us following Kinga’s interviews and assessments to say that she had scored one of the highest six marks across the whole History field and was in the top ten percent across the entire university.
“Indeed, Dr Mark Sewell wrote that ‘Kinga is just the sort of student we are keen to attract to Cambridge’.
“Kinga’s offer of a place to read History and Politics at Cambridge University is testament to her hard work both inside and outside of the classroom, and her determination to take advantage of every opportunity that we at Emmanuel can offer.
“We couldn’t be more proud of her and we know that she will be an outstanding addition to their university.”