May 2015: A* student heads to Oxford for summer school


SCIENCE boffin James Harding will be heading to prestigious Oxford University for a week-long summer school in July.

The Year 12 student at Haslingden High School will be swapping A levels for degree course study in materials science and living the student life in Oxford.

James, 17, gained 7 A*s and four As in his GCSEs and is currently studying physics, chemistry, maths and further maths.

He said: “I had to write a personal statement about why I wanted to be selected and I was delighted to be picked as one of just 16 students who will be attending the course.

“I have never had the chance to study material sciences, which is a mixture of chemistry, physics and engineering.

“It looks at different materials and their properties and how they are used in industry.

“I have not had the opportunity to look round universities yet but Oxford is a very prestigious university and somewhere people aspire to go to.

“It was very competitive to get a place and a lot of people applied.”

As well as free tuition and accommodation, he will also be given vouchers to cover food costs.

James is a member of the Physics Geeks at Haslingden High School, a club that encourages students to take up the subject by making it fun and interesting.

He added: “I am really looking forward to finding out more about what Oxford is like and what materials science is really all about.”

James is considering a future in mechanical engineering.