THE Head Boy at Brighton College has turned down an offer of a place at Cambridge University to continue his studies in the United States.
Shaun Pexton earned five A*s in History, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Other Mathematics and is one of 16 students at the college to cross the pond for their varsity courses.
Shaun turned down his offer to study at Cambridge to attend Yale University in Connecticut and is joined by fellow classmates Kieran Malandain and Matias Paz Linares.
He said: “I’ve spent my younger years in Hong Kong and Singapore and now go to Yale University in the US – but my roots will always be here in Brighton and I know my years at Brighton College will remain some of the best of my life.”
Shaun swam across the English Channel last year to raise money for the charity YoungMinds, which supports the mental health of young people.
College Principal Richard Cairns was delighted with the news, saying: “It has always been a challenge for this year’s cohort as they were new to the GCSE exam, so it’s wonderful that they took up the challenge and set the record broke in 2019, when the exams were last taken in attendance.
“Almost all students at Brighton College have secured places at top universities.
“Twenty-four received Oxbridge offers, but it is noticeable that the focus has shifted towards the United States, with 16 leaving for North America.”
Nationwide, the number of first-year students in Great Britain fell slightly this year.
A total of 425,830 people were promised university places, two percent fewer than in the previous year – according to data published by the university admissions service Ucas.
The number remains the second-highest since records began, 16,870 more than 2019, when the last exams were held.
Students also received initial T-level results, with 71 percent of applicants receiving a place on the course.
Clearing phone lines for universities across Sussex are now open to students considering other options for continuing their studies.
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