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Hills Road A Level News

Cheng Sun (left) and Jessica Finn.

This summer Hills Road student Cheng Sun 18, achieved 5 A* grades at A level in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Electronics and Physics and is looking forward to going to Churchill College, Cambridge University in October to study Computer Science.

Following an outstanding performance in the British Informatics Olympiad, Cheng was selected to represent the UK at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Taipei along with fellow Hills Road student Linden Ralph.

Cheng, who attended Comberton Village College before joining Hills Road said, “Going to Taipei to compete in the IOI was a life-changing experience for me, and I made new friends from all around the world.”

In addition to his success in Informatics, Cheng achieved a gold medal earlier this year in the UK Chemistry Olympiad and gold certificates in both the British Physics and the British Maths Olympiads and still found time to be president of the Hills Road Computer Science Society and to participate in the College’s Robotics enrichment group.

“I really can't thank the staff at Hills Road enough for giving me so many amazing enrichment opportunities beyond my A level studies. These two years have been amongst the toughest, but also by far the most rewarding, and looking back it feels like I have come such a long way since my first day at Hills.”

Jessica Finn was also celebrating after receiving her A level results today. Jessica received two A*s, an A and a B and is going to Mansfield College, Oxford University to read History.

Jessica was the Welfare, Equality and Diversity Officer on the College’s Student Council and a student governor. Glen Taylor, Director of Student Support at the College said, “Jessica was a very thoughtful and active student officer. During her term of office she co-ordinated support for vulnerable students as well as helping to organise an event with Cambridge Campaign for Transport about public transport issues.”

In her spare time, Jess took GCSE Italian as part of the College’s Enrichment programme and achieved full marks.

Jessica who joined Hills Road from Melbourn Village College said, “'I am delighted to have this wonderful opportunity to study History at such an excellent institution. I am completely indebted to both the Hills Road staff team and my friends and family, whose support has proved invaluable. My two years at Hills have been overwhelmingly worthwhile and I have loved every minute. The skills I have gained during this time will stay with me forever and have given me the best possible preparation for the next stage of my education.”

Linda Sinclair, Principal of Hills Road, said: “Cheng and Jess are remarkable young people. They deserve these excellent results and we are all very proud of them. Furthermore, they have embraced every opportunity to extend and enrich their learning both within and beyond the classroom and they have made a valuable contribution to our College community. I wish them both every happiness and success for the future.”

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