BRIGHT teenagers at a school were urged to aim for the top when a top student returned to give an inspiring talk.
Ellis Broatch, who is studying at Cambridge University, passed on tips to high flyers at High Tunstall College of Science, in Hartlepool, on how to win a place at the country’s top universities.
Ellis was a pupil at the Elwick Road secondary school and is now in his second year at Cambridge University’s prestigious King’s College.
Melanie Siddell, assistant headteacher at High Tunstall, said: “The students he spoke to were really interested in what he had to say.
“Quite a few went on to Oxbridge websites after his talk to have a look at the universities so it was definitely worthwhile.”
The talk was delivered to the school’s most promising academic students who are in their final year and thinking about their futures.
It was part of the school’s Aspirations programme between High Tunstall and Hartlepool Sixth Form College which encourages all students to aim as high as they can.
Ms Siddell added: “The Aspirations project is all to do with getting as many people from colleges and universities as possible to come in and speak to the young people about university and what they could or should apply for.
“We are trying to encourage all students into thinking about university as an option.”
Ellis’ advice was aimed at how to apply for a prized place at either Cambridge or Oxford’s universities.
He covered a wide range of topics from filling out the initial application forms to how to approach the interviews and also focused on what daily life is like at the prestigious university where he is reading Natural Sciences.
Ellis follows in a long line of ex-High Tunstall students who have gone on to study at Oxford and Cambridge.
The most recent student to go on to Oxbridge is Helen Lamb, who is currently in her first year at Oxford University.
Other former High Tunstall students include Martin Chan, Sophie Rutherford, Josh Kelly and Frances Boyd-Hill.
Ms Siddell added: “The school has a really good track record.
“There has been at least one student a year to secure a place at Oxford or Cambridge for as long as I can remember.”