Aspiring lawyer Glory gets the right verdict

A STUDENT with a passion for helping create a better society has achieved the top grades which take her one step closer to her dream of becoming a human rights lawyer.

Glory Poothavelil, from Carlisle, achieved six 9s, three 8s and one 7 and will now study maths, biology, chemistry and English literature in sixth form before aiming for Oxbridge or an Ivy League university.

The 16-year-old says: “I aspire to one day be in a position to help drive social change. I'd like to challenge the discrimination that occurs around me, particularly racial discrimination.”

A keen swimmer and talented singer, she joined RGS in fourth form: “I had to work particularly hard to catch up on many missed GCSE topics in core subjects. However, I believe my diligent efforts paid off.

As well as singing with Carlisle Cathedral Choir and Ripon Cathedral Youth Choir, she works as a swimming instructor with younger children: “I've swum since I was five and aspire to reciprocate the great experiences my swimming instructors and coaches gave me to other children.”

She added: “I'm really grateful to all my teachers, particularly my sciences, maths and English teachers, for supporting me in catching up on missed work and challenging me to achieve my potential.

“I'd particularly like to thank deputy head Mr Auger and my form tutors for making my transition easy and always being available for extra support.”