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Ex-students celebrate Cambridge Uni offers

We are delighted that three of our ex-students have recently received offers to study at Cambridge University.

Jenna Buller, James Moseley and Aurelija Gibaviciute, left Passmores in 2019 having achieved outstanding results across all subjects in their GCSE exams. Their hard work and dedication now means they have the chance to attend one of the world’s top universities. Jenna will be reading psychology, James will read history and Aurelija has chosen architecture.

We caught up with James and Jenna to find out more:

James explained that his decision to apply to Cambridge came quite late, only about a month before the deadline. Although initially he had assumed it would be beyond his reach, the encouragement of friends and family convinced him it could be a place where he could thrive. The process for application was rigorous and demanding. On top of completing the UCAS application, James submitted an essay, completed a timed historical source analysis and was interviewed online before receiving an offer from St Catharine’s College.

James said: ‘My career goal is to become an archivist. I want to preserve records to ensure no one’s voice is ever forgotten. History has always played a huge role in my life and from a young age my family taught me the value of understanding the past for improving the future. Since then, learning history at school and volunteering at Harlow Museum has only cemented my passion. Horrible Histories did quite a bit too!’

Jenna told us she’ll be studying at Emmanuel College, which she first visited as a Year 9 student on a trip to the university organised by Passmores back in 2017.

Jenna said: ‘I chose psychology at GCSE having never studied it before and instantly fell in love. So it was an easy choice for me to continue studying psychology at both A-level and university. I hadn't always dreamt of going to Cambridge and even in year 13 I wasn't even sure if I would apply. But all of my teachers have always been extremely encouraging of me and my potential. My years at Passmores were some of the best and I am eternally grateful for all of the opportunities which were offered to me’.

Once her undergraduate degree is complete, Jenna hopes to study for a masters degree in forensic psychology and start her career in either the prison sector or police force.

Co-principal of Passmores, Mr Goddard said: ‘This is great news - congratulations to Jenna, James and Aurelija. They’ve worked hard for this and we’re so proud of the dedication they’ve shown towards achieving their potential. We wish them all the very best in their future endeavours and hope they’ll keep in touch’.