18-year-old Lourdes Maigua Medrano is heading to New College, Oxford University, after scoring top grades at Middlesbrough College.
Lourdes is passionate about animal conservation, and was inspired by her teachers and friends at the College to apply to study Biology at one of the world’s top universities.
She said: “The teachers and students have been amazing throughout my time here. I never would have had the confidence to even apply to Oxford, but the way that my teachers and fellow students have supported me and gave me the boost I needed.”
As well as getting the right support from staff to succeed academically, Lourdes speaks highly of how they guided her through the Oxford application process, ensuring she highlighted her strengths during her interview at New College.
“The support I’ve received from Middlesbrough College, and the fact that they really focus on you as an individual, has made such a difference. The hard work has all paid off, and I can’t wait to start at Oxford this autumn!”