Oxbridge dreaming inspires Braunton students

Cambridge student Aydan Greatrick at his old school of Braunton Academy.

Cambridge student Aydan Greatrick at his old school of Braunton Academy. - Credit: Archant

Former head boy returns to his old school to talk about life at Cambridge University.

A BRAUNTON Academy Oxbridge student has returned to his old school to inspire a new generation towards the ‘dreaming spires’.

Aydan Greatrick was head boy at Braunton in 2008 and has recently started at Selwyn College Cambridge to read history.

He came back to his old school to encourage more young people to aspire to apply for places at top universities such as Cambridge and Oxford.

Speaking to students, he said very few from the North Devon area considered applying to these universities and he intends to establish a ‘Uni-club’ where students can work with him to find out more about university life and to break down any misconceptions or barriers about applying to top universities.


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“What I am really keen to do is to give students at Braunton an idea about what university can be like, and encourage them to not limit their potential,” said Aydan.

“By hopefully developing links between Braunton and Selwyn College, students will have the opportunity to experience what their time at university might be like and, hopefully, find the inspiration to achieve their potential.”

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Principal David Sharratt added: “I hope this will create even more aspiration to aim really high and not see any barriers to realising our students’ dreams.”

Aydan also agreed to set up a history link between his university and Braunton’s history departments.

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