Caistor Grammar School’s star student Annie May has spent part of the summer at one of Britain’s most prestigious colleges in a bid to earn the glittering prizes at university.
Annie was one of 130 state school students selected for a 10-day summer school at Eton College, with the Market Rasen teenager one of seven studying French.
“I wanted to go on a summer school to have an intensive experience of the subject I felt so passionate about, and to aid my university preparation: Eton was a ‘University Summer School’ so I thought it would be an ideal taster of the uni experience. But the opportunity to study at Eton College was a privilege in itself,” she said.
Entry was based on GCSE results (Annie scored 12 A*s last year) and a 200 word personal statement.
Annie says the 10 days has made her more self-disciplined and being taught by the enthusiastic Eton Dons “only cemented how much I hope to study French at University.”
Advice on applying to Oxbridge was part of the event.
Annie hopes to study translation and French and will start applying for courses in the coming months. Afterwards she hopes to work in international journalism.
Annie already edits the Caistor Grammar School newspaper and she has just spent a week with the Times Education Supplement. This saw it publish a feature she wrote on her Eton experience, which ”truly gave me the journalism bug.”