High-fliers offered places at Cambridge college
TWO teenagers who went to the same school and college could soon be studying at the same university after being offered places at Cambridge.
Seventeen-year-olds Nicole Stephens, from Abbey Hulton, and Alex Cartlidge, from Meir Park, are currently taking A-levels at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College.
Both of them need to achieve an A* and two A grades this summer to meet their conditional offers.
Alex is planning to do a degree in English at Cambridge University's Fitzwilliam College.
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He said: "I dreamed of going, but never thought there was a realistic chance of me getting in because there's so much competition for places."
Alex used to attend St Peter's CE High, in Penkhull, which has since been replaced by an academy.
Nicole is also a former St Peter's pupil and has now set her sights on studying human, social and political sciences at Girton College, which is part of Cambridge University.
She said: "My parents were as shocked as me when we found out I'd been offered a place, as they only take 10 people each year at the college I'd chosen."
Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College recently launched a Leaders of the Future scheme, which is targeting its top 100 students.
They receive a range of extra support to help them achieve their goals.
Curriculum area leader Geoff Willis said: "We have recently put in place a system of assertive mentoring, whereby on a weekly basis a senior member of faculty will monitor pupil performance and intervene if necessary to ensure our most able students are performing to the best of their ability."