Hardworking teenager Helena Newton has earned herself an unconditional offer to study at one the country’s top universities following her time at Middlesbrough College.
The 17-year-old from Ingleby Barwick will embark on a French and Spanish degree at York University in October because she is expected to achieve straight As in her A Level exams this summer.
Helena, who enjoys creative writing in her spare time, is studying French, English Literature and English Language at the college’s sixth form, MC6.
She said: “I initially thought I wanted to do an English degree, but I’ve enjoyed the French course so much that it really changed my mind.
“The course I’m due to study includes a year abroad and linguistics modules – which is relevant to some of the English Language I’ve been studying. It’s exciting to be going to a Russell Group university.
“The experience at MC6 has been fantastic. My classes are relatively small which is really good for languages as it means I get more time with the teachers, and that’s really brought my French on.”
Once Helena has completed the four year degree course – which includes a year studying in either France or Spain – she has ambitions to go into teaching, possibly abroad.
She praised the support of her personal tutor and French teacher, Nicola Lonsdale, who she said had provided one-to-one advice on making her university application and drafting a personal statement.
Nicola said: “Helena is an exemplary student, and we’re very proud to see her secure an unconditional offer to York University.
“She’s obviously impressed the university as this type of offer is difficult to achieve.
“We support all students at MC6 to fulfil their potential, whether that’s higher education, an apprenticeship or other training.”