A UKRAINIAN refugee who came to an independent school through a scholarship program has secured a place at a prestigious university.
Grisha Sheldunov, who fled Ukraine in February after the Russian invasion began, will study chemistry at UCL after becoming one of 20 students accepted on a free scholarship to Brighton College.
College helped him secure a place at London University due to his hard work at school in Ukraine.
Upon entering college earlier this year, Grisha said: “It’s been quite a journey but I’m so lucky to be here and to get a place at the school. I want to do well.”
Brighton College, one of the top schools in the country, opened free scholarship places for children aged five to 17 for those forced to flee Ukraine after hostilities broke out.
The college reported 99 percent of grades from A* to B, with 60 percent with the grade.
About 79 students received an A* grade in at least three A levels.
A spokesman for the school said: “We are delighted to have helped Grisha land a place at UCL to fulfill his aspirations to perform well after being forced to leave Ukraine.”
Among those celebrating with Grisha today is school boy Shaun Pexton, who secured a place at Yale University in the United States after earning five A* grades in chemistry, physics, math, advanced math and had received history.
He is accompanied by 15 others who cross the pond to continue their studies.
Headmaster Richard Cairns said: “It has always been a challenge for this year’s cohort as they were new to GCSE exams, so it’s wonderful that they took up the challenge and broke the record in 2019 when the exams were last taken became person.
“Almost all students at Brighton College have secured places at top universities. 24 received Oxbridge offers, but it is noticeable that the focus has shifted towards the United States and 16 are leaving for North America.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20670600.ukrainian-refugee-fled-brighton-secures-place-ucl/?ref=rss A Ukrainian refugee who fled to Brighton secures a place at UCL