Top university places secured by Richmond School students

Head Boy, Tom Pearson

Richmond School and Sixth Form College students have been rewarded for their hard work and commitment with outstanding A Level results securing top university places.

Head boy, Tom Pearson gained two A*s and two As to send him to Gonville & Caius, one of the oldest colleges at Cambridge University, to read geography.

Already a member of the campaign group 38 Degrees, the 18-year-old, of Richmond, was instrumental in persuading Richmond Sixth Form’s bistro to swap plastic cups and cutlery for reusable ceramics and metal ware.

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“I have always loved nature and have been interested and concerned about the environment for some time,” he said.

“I’m studying geography so I can do my bit to try and fix what is going wrong in the world.

“After geography I would like to study law and work for an environmental group, such as Greenpeace.”

Head of sixth form Leslie Richardson said: “Tom has done incredibly well in his studies and richly deserves his place at Cambridge, of which we are all very proud, as we are of his obviously well developed social conscious.

“Tom has been exemplary in the way he has led the school and sixth form student body as head boy and we know he will go from strength to strength as he starts the next phase of his life.”

Ted While

Ted While will also be heading for Cambridge after gaining four A*s  and will read computer science at Fitzwilliam College.

“My earliest memory of maths is lying in bed listening to Thomas the Tank Engine stories but my dad would use the engine numbers to teach me maths,” said the 18-year-old, of Richmond.

“So I knew Thomas plus Edward equalled Henry and from there I always absolutely loved maths.

“Later I became interested in computer games – not just playing but editing the files too!”

Ted sees his future in something to do with computers and maths but is aware of the speed of development across the world of technology.

“Who knows what will be happening in the world by the time I have finished my degree,” said Ted, who also has a part-time job managing a national top 10 bed and breakfast, Millgate House in Richmond.

“It will probably involve biometrics, where computers adopt human characteristics and think for themselves, which is incredible but a bit scary.”

Head of sixth form Leslie Richardson said: “As a mathematician myself I’m absolutely thrilled that Ted has gained a place at one of the world’s best universities thanks to some stupendous results.

“He is extremely talented and has also worked hard for his success.

“Going into a rapidly changing future is so exciting and he will be in the perfect position to be at the forefront of technological developments which affect us all.”

Josh Moore

Starting his journey towards becoming an orthopaedic surgeon, Josh Moore will read medicine at York University after gaining two As and a B in his A Levels.

After qualifying, he hopes to practise in hospitals in Australia.

“One of my relatives is on dialysis and it has always fascinated me how we can intervene to improve people’s health,” the 18-year-old, of Brompton-on-Swale, said.

“For some reason I have always been interested in bones and ligaments and would love to be a surgeon one day.”

Head of sixth form Leslie Richardson said: “We are all delighted for Josh; he has worked so hard to secure his university place and he deserves every success.

“I am sure he will do really well studying medicine and he can now pursue his dream to become a surgeon, which is such an important profession.”

Liam Laverick

Liam Laverick, who made his first trader deal at 14 will read economics and asset management at the London School of Economics in the next step to his dream career in the city.

The 18-year-old, of Catterick Garrison, has been fascinated by money, investments and the markets since he was a child.

He has already enjoyed two internships with bank and financial services company J P Morgan.

“It started with my mum telling me I should think of a way to make money,” said Liam, who gained two A*s and an A at A Level and an A in AS further maths.

“The world of finance boasts some of the best graduate starting salaries in the world and the potential to make plenty of money.

“I think Latin America will be the next boom area and China is amazing; it’s just crazy.”

Head of sixth form Leslie Richardson said: “Liam is a brilliant mathematician and extremely driven.

“His superb results reflect this and I have no doubt that he will succeed in any goal he sets for himself including becoming a first rate economist with the salary to match.”

Olivia Wallis

Clock-watching to overcome her dyslexia helped Olivia Wallis achieve three A*s in her A Levels and an A* in her extended project to secure a coveted place at Durham University.

The top grades were an incredible and well-deserved feat as the 18-year-old, of Marske, near Richmond, has been in a life-long struggle with dyslexia.

“I had to put in a lot more work because it takes me longer to process information,” she said.

“When I was revising I devised special crib cards which I then read out loud because I respond better when I hear information rather than read it.

“During the exams time was critical, so I broke the questions down into paragraphs and watched every second. It took a lot more work to achieve these grades and rise to the challenge of getting into Durham, but it is something I was determined to do.”

Olivia will now spend a gap year volunteering before taking up her place at Durham University next year to read either history or psychology.

Head of sixth form Leslie Richardson said: “We are incredibly proud of Olivia. She has been an excellent student throughout her time with us, both academically and on a personal level.

“She is an incredible example of what can be achieved through sheer hard work and determination.

“Olivia thoroughly deserves her place at Durham and I’m sure her drive will continue to help her succeed in her studies and in life.”

Ryan Campbell

Ryan Campbell will begin studying a golf management degree at the celebrated Myerscough College, Preston, after gaining B, B, C grades.

The 18-year-old, of Richmond, currently plays off a handicap of nine after taking up the game just two and a half years ago because his family all play at the local club.

“I’m aiming to get down to a handicap of four during my time at university which is the required level for turning pro,” he said.

“I see my future in golf either as a player or organising tours and tournaments and I’m really looking forward to starting at Preston.”