Callum Stevens, a previous student at Cronton Sixth Form, has continued his outstanding form at University, earning a prestigious scholarship at Cambridge University and being placed 8th out of 630 students in his class.
The former Centre of Excellence in Science and Maths student was a standout at Cronton; he was quickly identified as a high achiever and earned a scholarship to help pursue his educational goals. His exceptional work ethic resulted in A* grades in his four subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths.
Now at Cambridge University, Callum has enjoyed an outstanding first year. He achieved first class honours in Natural Sciences which resulted in him earning a scholarship for the second time, an incredible feat. He has been involved in outreach projects and mentoring during his time at Cambridge.
Callum has settled in well at University, he commented, “At first, the prospect of living away for home is quite daunting, but you quickly get into the rhythm of a new life. Most of all you can decide how you want to do things and your own routine.”
Callum still stays in contact with Cronton Sixth Form, often returning to help out on student days, which he says is “always really rewarding”. Reflecting on his time at Cronton, he says “I felt like I chose the right subjects and the advice I was given in selecting A2 subjects was invaluable. My tutor, Pam Dugdale, arranged a mock interview, in preparation for university. Ultimately it was my tutors that inspired me and drove me forward, helping me throughout my university application process.”
He encourages students to apply to prestigious universities, no matter where you are from; “Never tell yourself you can’t! I thought the odds were stacked against me because I didn’t come from a particularly privileged background and I wasn’t impressive enough to get an interview. These things didn’t matter, one key thing I learnt is they are interested in how you talk about the subject you’re applying for; can you engage with it and think about it?”
Callum also advises students to “Read about the subjects you are interested in, have an opinion on current issues or topics, think about how your subject choices link together, take opportunities for work experience or volunteering and don’t be afraid to openly discuss your thought process.”
Callum’s story and inspirational words will encourage current students at Cronton who are now filling out their university applications in the hope to follow in his footsteps.