A-level results day 2017: Ark Academy pupil heading to Cambridge University
PUBLISHED: 14:47 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:47 17 August 2017
An Ark Academy A-Level student is waving goodbye to Wembley as she embarks to study philosophy at Cambridge.
Aliyah Lashani-Ewing has been awarded a bursary to study at the University of Cambridge after bagging three A*s in philosophy and ethics, English literature, and government and politics A Levels at the academy in Bridge Road.
The 18-year-old said: “I didn’t plan on applying to Cambridge University. I was quite surprised by the grades I got at AS, I wasn’t expecting them at all.
Cambridge and Oxford were never an option, but my dad encouraged me and he said ‘You have nothing to lose, you’re a valid candidate, you’re someone that they’re looking for.’ And I did and I got in.
She added: “What I do love about Cambridge is the course specifically. They offer specific modules on philosophy that other universities don’t. So I think that’s why it is my first choice. But also the landscape and environment is really different from what I’m used to, I’m a city girl.”