Former Brooke Weston student, Gautham Kumar, has been presented with a prize and certificate for gaining one of the top A Level marks in the whole country.
Gautham, who is now studying medicine at Cambridge University, achieved the third highest possible mark in the Salters Nuffield Advanced Biology examination this summer with a score of 596 UMS points out of a possible 600. He was presented with his certificate and prize money by Col David Woodd, the Master of the Salters Company and met Prof Sir John Holman, president-elect of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Chairman of The Salters' Institute.
Gautham was accompanied by teacher, Mr Hawksley to the ceremony, which was held at Fishmongers' Hall in London and attended by more than 170 guests. Prof Holman delivered a keynote address and presented the awards at the prestigious annual ceremony, which celebrates high levels of excellence within the science education sector.
Afterwards Gautham said: ‘It feels amazing to get this award as I had been working very, very hard on my qualifications and it feels good to be recognised for having done actually much better than I expected. I didn’t expect to have done this well on a national scale so it feels really good to have done that. They really dumped us in the deep end at university pretty much from when we arrived and the best thing has been feeling a sense of victory over finally getting the hang of it, how university works and how to learn. It has been amazing meeting all sorts of different and very talented people and having access to a really ridiculous range of stuff to do as well.’