Corby sixth-former wins place at Oxford University classics summer school

Eliot Beeby, a sixth-former at Brooke Weston Academy, Corby, has won a place on a classics summer school at Oxford University
Eliot Beeby, a sixth-former at Brooke Weston Academy, Corby, has won a place on a classics summer school at Oxford University

A sixth-former at Brooke Weston Academy, Corby, has beaten thousands of applicants from all over the country to win a place on a classics summer school at Oxford University.

Eliot Beeby will attend daily lectures, meet tutors and have the opportunity to experience student life in one of the best-regarded universities in the world.

This year 4,400 students applied for just 850 places on courses offered on the university’s Uniq scheme.

Egyptology and oncology were just two of the 30 subjects students could apply to study.

Preference was given to students from areas of the UK that have the fewest successful applications to Oxford.

Eliot completed a detailed application and personal statement describing his GCSE qualifications, current studies and extra-curricular interests. As well as studying for A levels in philosophy and ethics, history, maths and German, he also plays the piano and performs with Kettering Operatic Society.

He said: “I have visited Oxford before and am really pleased to have been offered this place. The classics course may cover history, myths, philosophy and maybe some art so it will be a taster of different areas. We will be attending proper lectures and tutorials, as well as social events, so it will be an amazing opportunity to experience a little of student life at Oxford.’