Students Accept Summer Placements in America

Dewi and Callum, studentsin our Year 12, have just received news that they have been granted prestigious funded places for Summer Schools in the USA this year.

Dewi is due to tour a variety of first rate American universities in order to gain highly valuable experience of tertiary education in the USA, and Callum will attend Harvard University to receive tuition in Mathematics from some of the country’s leading specialists.

In order to gain their places, the Castell Alun students successfully underwent a rigorous application process, initially promoted through the ‘Seren’ initiative for gifted students in Wales. Both students had to write a number of demanding essays on given themes, such as ‘Academic integrity’ and ‘Influential events or people’. Dewi and Callum also had to define a new course of study, which would be of interest to potential future applicants for the scholarship.

Callum found out he had been successful via an email from the Harvard Admissions Office, and checked both the wording and name on the offer on multiple occasions. He commented, “It was quite something, and I’m really excited about the further avenues which could open up as a result of my visit.”

Dewi received an email from the Sutton Trust and couldn’t believe he’d been successful. He said, “If all goes according to plan, I’d love to continue my studies over the pond as there are just so many options available for a top class higher education over there.”

Director of Sixth Form Studies and Asst. Headteacher at Castell Alun, Mr Kevin Davies added, “Both students thoroughly deserve their success as they epitomise so many of the traits we seek to cultivate in our Sixth Form population. Opportunities such as these are not to be missed and can truly enhance our students’ knowledge and understanding of specialist subjects and, of course, the wider world. We are proud of both lads and hope to build upon such links with prestigious foreign universities to give further students the experience of a lifetime in the future.”