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Rory Naylor

Rory Naylor went to school at The Community College, Bishop’s Castle before studying at Ludlow College. In 2017 he achieved three A* grades in the A Levels Maths, Chemistry and Biology and an A* for the Extended Project Qualification.

He is progressing to the University of Oxford to study Medicine with a particular focus on neurology and neurosurgery. He acted as a College Ambassador at Open Events, was the lead in the College Production and received the Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement at A Level.

“I am so pleased to have achieved my grades and that all my hard work paid off. The working environment here was really personable and I liked that the college wasn’t too big. I got the sense at larger colleges I visited that the tutors wouldn’t get to know me so well. I think any student coming here can achieve their goals as long as they apply themselves.

The High Achievers programme helped me with mock interviews and gave me useful feedback on my UCAS personal statement. My Extended Project Qualification was on ‘To what extent has developing the amyloid hypothesis allowed Alzheimer’s disease to be prevented?’ and it was the main subject of my interview at Oxford. I am so happy I researched it thoroughly because they were really detailed with their questioning. I also volunteered at the dementia ward of the local hospital. At first it was just to tick the right boxes but I came to enjoy being there and meeting all the people. I was so shocked by the extent of the disease; many of the people there were totally dependent on others to live. I found that I was very sympathetic to their situations and it enabled me to research the causes behind the disease.”