Thursday, 22nd March 2018
TALENTED academic is on the cusp of fulfilling a childhood dream
A TALENTED academic is on the cusp of fulfilling a childhood dream to study at one of the country’s most prestigious universities.
Jack Parkinson, a student at
Jack, 18, of Moorends, has dreamt of joining a top university since moving up to secondary school and is now set to join leading academics in his field.
“When I started at Trinity people said I could do it, but I thought I had no chance. I’ve always wanted to go to a leading academy university and really started to work towards it last year,” said Jack.
“I went to summer schools at
Jack was especially taken with
“After the summer school I decided I really wanted to go there and I’ve been focused on that ever since. I’m really looking forward to being around people who have similar interests to me,” he added.
Jack is currently studying four A levels in maths, further maths, physics and computer science. He has already gained an A* grade in the Extended Project Qualification.
He went through two interviews and a test to be offered the place at
He says maths and science come naturally to him. “I just seem to think in the right way for those subjects. I can take a problem, break it down and solve it, but I don’t know where that comes from,” he said.
Jack, who has an exemplary record of school attendance, also acknowledged the support of his mum, a nurse, and his dad, who is a weighbridge operator at a landfill site, as well as staff at the academy, who helped with his UCAS application and sample test papers.
He added: “You need really good parental support, without that I wouldn’t have had any chance of getting in to
“I want other people to know that it is possible to go somewhere like
Paul Flint, head of sixth form at