A Learner from the Valleys has just been told he has a place at Oxford University next year following the completion of his A-levels this summer.Â
Kristian Hallett, 18, a Cardinal Newman Catholic School student from Ystrad Mynach, is currently studying at Coleg y Cymoeddâ€™s A-level centre in Nantgarw, which operates in close partnership with Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Pontypridd.
He first set his sights on a place at the prestigious university last year, when he and four of his classmates were invited to attend Oxfordâ€™s sought after summer school programme.
During that week Kristian was given the chance to experience what life as a student at Oxford had to offer and spent his time attending lectures, seminars, workshops and social life at the university. Â Â
Shortly after he returned from his visit, Kristian learned that he had excelled at AS-level, scoring 100 percent in his History exam. At that point he made the decision to apply to Oxford.Â Â Â Â
Kristian is currently studying for his exams in psychology, history, English language and literature at Coleg y Cymoeddâ€™s A-level centre, which is based at its Nantgarw campus.
Kristian has now received a conditional offer to study Ancient and Modern History at the University of Oxfordâ€™s Regentâ€™s Park College. Talking about his plans for the future at Oxford, Kristian said: â€œIâ€™d never considered Oxford to be an option until I moved into the Sixth Form. My pastoral tutor encouraged me to give Oxford some serious thought and suggested I apply for the universityâ€™s summer school. It was good advice, because that week on the campus showed me that my goal was achievable. Oxford felt like a good fit for me.
â€œReceiving the offer took me a bit by surprise. I knew that some of the friends Iâ€™d made during my visit had received their offers, but I still hadnâ€™t received an email. One day I came home to find a letter waiting for me, it looked like any other mail until I opened it and saw the good news.â€ Â
Kristian will sit his A-level exams this summer, but like all students in the UK, he will need to wait until the 18thÂ August to finally confirm his place at Oxford. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Commenting on Kristianâ€™s Oxford offer, Judith Evans, principal of Coleg y Cymoedd, said: â€œWe are extremely proud of Kristian. Securing an offer to attend Oxford requires true dedication and hard work; we are thrilled to see that his efforts and potential have been recognised by Oxford University and we will support him all the way.Â
â€œLearners like Kristian exemplify the talent that exists in the South Wales Valleys. As a college it is our mission to ensure that every learner in our catchment has access to the very best education, skills and training opportunities.â€
Coleg y Cymoeddâ€™s A-level centre operates as a partnership between the college, Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Pontypridd and St Davidâ€™s Catholic College Cardiff, making it the largest provider of A-levels in Rhondda Cynon Taff and Caerphilly.
Justin Oâ€™Sullivan, Head Teacher at Cardinal Newman Roman Catholic School, said: â€œWe are delighted that Kristian has received an offer from Oxford. He is a first-class, yet unassuming, Â student who has always shown true potential, which he enhances with hard work. He deserves his wonderful results and Oxford offer. â€
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