College Merthyr Tydfil student secures place at prestigious Oxford Summer School


Ethan Evans, an AS Level English Literature and Language student at The College Merthyr Tydfil has been successful in gaining a place on the prestigious Oxford Summer School. Ethan, who wants to read English Literature at University and go on to become an English teacher, successfully beat off competition from 4,000 other applicants to win one of only 44 places available at the summer school.  

Ethan commented “I am so happy to have been selected for this Summer School. It has reassured me that I have got the skills and capabilities to go to a university like Oxford. There is a lot of stigma in the national press about Merthyr Tydfil and this demonstrates to my peer group that opportunities like this are achievable for students from this area. I was very nervous about applying for the Summer School but the help, support and encouragement I received from my English tutor has been fantastic”

The Summer School takes place between 28th June and 4th July and will give the participants a taste of studying three texts that would be included as part of the first year of the undergraduate English degree at Oxford.

English Tutor Caroline Darch expressed her delight at Ethan’s achievement: “Ethan is a fantastic student who thoroughly deserves a place on the Summer School. He is unquestionably talented but also an exceptionally hard worker who takes advantage of every opportunity available to enrich his studies. I wish him all the very best and I’m sure he will shine during his time at the Summer School.”

Lisa Thomas, Head of A level programmes at The College Merthyr Tydfil, commented “The College has a unique programme for more able and talented students which aims to stretch their skills and abilities, provide them with a taste of university life and inspire them to consider progression opportunities that they may have previously thought were above them. Ethan’s achievement is a great example of the success of this programme.”


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