Former B&FC student courted by UK’s top universities

Published on 08/05/2017 by pfi

From Blackpool and The Fylde College to the corridors of some of Britain’s world-famous universities.

That is the route Jimmy Chen is considering after he came to the College to improve his English before heading to AKS Lytham to study his A-levels.

The hard work is now about to pay off as Jimmy has a number of offers from top institutions around the country – including the world-famous Cambridge University.

The 17-year-old, from Blackpool, said:

“When I came to England from China to study my first thought was to improve my English and I went to Blackpool and The Fylde College’s Gateway campus on Park Road to undertake an ESOL qualification.

“They were really nice and helped me to improve my English so that I could then go on to complete my schooling here.

“We have some family friends who sent their children to AKS Lytham and they spoke very highly of it so I came here to study A-levels.

“I am particularly interested in maths and I have offers from a number of universities from around England, including Cambridge, to read Pure Mathematics.”

B&FC’s ESOL certificate includes learning speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as 20 hours of Citizenship lessons.

Since 2002, Citizenship has been a statutory subject on the National Curriculum in secondary schools in England and a grasp of the political, legal and economic functions of adult society, and with the social and moral awareness to thrive in it.

Andy Iredale, director of Customer Engagement at B&FC, said:

“As something of a transient community, Blackpool sees a lot of people who may not have English as their first language and we are extremely proud of our Esol programmes which help them to achieve the best outcomes.

“But this is the first time I have heard of someone who studied an Esol programme with us go on to get an offer from somewhere as prestigious as Cambridge University. We wish Jimmy all the very best, whatever he chooses to do next.”

Paul Crouch, Director of External Relations at AKS Lytham, added:

“We’re really proud of Jimmy’s progress since he came to AKS Lytham and it is great to see him receiving offers from some of the UK’s most prestigious universities.

“As a school we are proud of our international links and we have a number of students who have come to us from different countries around the world.

“AKS Lytham was recently accepted to join the elite group of international Round Square schools, which gives us the opportunity to develop exciting educational partnerships and holistic learning experiences – locally, nationally and globally – for all of our students.”