Spencer Pescod, a Sixth Form student at Shoreham Academy, yesterday learned that he achieved the grades he needed to secure a place at Harvard University – and boarded his British Airways flight to the US the same day.
Spencer achieved an impressive three A*s in Biology, Maths and Further Maths and two As in Chemistry and Physics in his A Levels, allowing him to take up his scholarship to study Mathematics and Science at the American university, which is consistently ranked at the top of international league tables.
However, Harvard’s Student Orientation week began on Monday, meaning that Spencer had to fly to the US immediately after receiving his results.
When British Airways heard about Spencer’ success, they treated him as a VIP. The captain of the flight even welcomed him personally and posed for a photo in the flight deck.
Before boarding, Spencer said of the experience:
"I am really pleased, picking up my results on the way to the airport to fly to America and studying at Harvard. I can’t wait!”
XXX from British Airways said:
“We know how proud everyone at Shoreham Academy is of Spencer and, given he was flying straight to Harvard after picking up his results, we wanted to help him begin his American university experience in style.”
The day also saw Shoreham Academy enjoy another year of record-breaking results, achieving improved A Level results for a fifth consecutive year. Of all grades achieved by students graduating from its Sixth Form, 51% were A* to B grades, with 78% of students achieving A* to C.
And, in addition to Spencer’s Harvard University success, two other students secured Oxbridge places: Matt Randall is heading to St Edmond Hall, Oxford and Zandile Powell will take up her previously secured place at the University of Cambridge.
Jim Coupe, Principal of Shoreham Academy said:
“I couldn’t be more proud of our incredible Sixth Formers at Shoreham Academy. They have worked so hard to achieve these great results. These are the best results yet showing that Shoreham Academy continues to improve.”