Student gets place at Oxford Uni - after saying he had 'no chance!'

Student gets place at Oxford Uni - after saying he had 'no chance!'

by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A student from Winstanley College has been offered a place to study Law at Oxford University.

Ben Ledwith, 17, hopes to become a barrister in the future and was delighted to receive the offer. 

What makes the former Dean Trust pupil’s achievement even more impressive is that he applied for Oxford as an aspirational target since his GCSEs, although good, did not match the usual profile required. Ben also has dyslexia and receives support from the college’s supported learning team.

Ben said: ‘With my GCSEs and background I thought I had no chance of getting an interview never mind an offer!  The support I received from college definitely helped to make this achievement possible.

“Because of my dyslexia, college confirmed my extra time in exams which really helps me to put down everything I need to in order to get top marks.

“The spelling and revision work is still ongoing and is helping me both in time management and getting those important SPAG marks. The team helped me to start revising by suggesting flashcards which I use every day now.’

Ben’s Personal Tutor at Winstanley, Kerry Hetherington, commented: “I am so happy for Ben he is just brilliant and really hard working. This achievement is very much deserved and he is an inspiration to others proving if you aim high and work hard, anything is possible, no matter what your background is.”


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