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Head Boy Receives Cambridge University Offer

Hayesbrook is celebrating after Head Boy, Callum Porritt, has been offered a place at Queen’s College, Cambridge to read Mathematics in October 2016.

Callum, who is the first ever student in the history of The Hayesbrook School to be offered a place at Cambridge University, is studying Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Additional Mathematics at A Level, alongside Geography, at the specialist mathematics school, in Brook Street.

The Year 12 student undertook a rigorous interview process and now has to achieve a set of top A-Level grades and entrance examination scores to clinch his place.

Callum said: "This is a great opportunity, I am delighted at how far doors have opened due to my mathematics. Mathematics is a passion that has led me to apply to Cambridge but I am under no illusion how hard I need to work to achieve this place as nothing is ever a certainty.”

Callum, who joined Hayesbrook in Year 7, quickly established himself as a top mathematics student and his teachers could not be prouder.  His mathematics teacher Mr. Charlie McDonald said: “It has been a privilege to teach Callum. He deserves all the success coming his way".

Proud mother Donna Hepden added: "I’m over the moon. Callum has just worked so hard to get to where he is. Words cannot describe how I am feeling."

David Day, the Principal at Hayesbrook, commented: "Callum is what we need in this country. A model student, a talented mathematician with the added benefit of a great personality, modesty and humility. We are so proud of him.

“In the 23 years I have been teaching and leading schools in Kent I have always believed a non-grammar school student can gain a place at Cambridge. Callum is proof that it is your ability, hard work and personality that matter. To be a first in the history of the school to be offered a place at Cambridge is a real achievement. To be a mathematician solving the national shortage of such graduates is another bonus. Everyone wishes him well."