Doncaster student’s joy as she joins academic elite

Shannon Horner and headteacher
Shannon Horner and headteacher

Results day was very tense for Armthorpe teenager Shannon Horner.

But the Trinity Academy student is celebrating today after hearing she has secured her place at Cambridge University.

Determined Shannon, 18, set her sights on Cambridge some years ago and since joining the sixth form at Trinity Academy, in Thorne, two years ago, has focused on that goal.

After a lengthy wait for confirmation that her grades of two A*s and an A were sufficient, Magdalene College confirmed that she has a place to read psychology and behavioural sciences.

Last month Shannon was crowned joint Outstanding Student of the Year at the academy for her academic achievement and “unfaltering commitment to her studies”.

After being offered a place at Cambridge in February, she said: “I love school and I’ve always had aspirations to go the best university.

“With the grades I got at AS level I thought I might as well apply because if I got an interview I could really show them what I could do. Then, if I didn’t get a place, at least I’d done my hardest to get in.”

Shannon’s success was closely followed by singer-song writer Rebecca Leng, who achieved an A* in maths, an A in further maths and a B in physics. Rebecca, who performed her own song at the academy’s prizegiving ceremony last month, will read maths at Newcastle University.

Continuing the high performance among girls at Trinity, head girl Abbie Tomlinson achieved an A* in biology, an A in chemistry and a B in physics.

Two Jacks were the top performing boys. Jack Elsom achieved an A* in geography and As in French and sociology, while Jack Green gained three As in physics, chemistry and maths.

Other individual success stories included those of Maddie Peacock with three As in English, history and law, Bethany Fletcher with an A* in sociology, an A in religious studies and a B in English, Megan Hopgood with an A in sociology and three Bs in history, German and French, and Megan Miller with an A* in health and two Bs in English and psychology.

Over all, results were up at the academy with 42 per cent of grades being A*-B, similar to last year, and 99 per cent of grades being A*-E grades, up four per cent on last year.