Upgrade secures Greg a university place – at Oxford

Greg HorneAS remarks go, Greg Horne’s was to prove a vital one.

For after the Priestley College student questioned his B in English Literature it was upgraded to an A – securing him a place at Oxford University.

“I was a little bit surprised by the original mark, but when you have been waiting eight weeks for the results every possibility goes through your mind,” he said.

Greg now joins his friend Holly Roach as the second of Priestley’s Class of 2016 to secure a place at Oxford.

He will be studying Law whilst Holly focusses on Biochemistry.

“It is great that we both made it,” said Greg, from Thelwall. “We became friends after visiting Oxford University with Priestley so it seems fitting.”

Greg set his heart on studying Law at university after witnessing the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington from the public gallery.

The former Lymm High School pupil had wanted to see the legal process in action and after attending the inquests at Bridgewater Place he knew the profession was for him.

At Priestley he took The Graduate, which is designed to encourage the most able students to apply for places at Russell Group universities, and during the course visited Oxford.

“The buildings were beautiful, the professors were unbelievably intelligent and the place just felt magical,” he said.

Greg was called for an interview at Oxford in January and was offered a place within weeks.

On results day he secured an A* in Politics, A in History, B in English and a C in Maths, but that still was not good enough.

However, after tutors and staff at Priestley helped him pull together every mark from the past two years he successfully had his grade reviewed.

“It has been an emotional few weeks, but I am glad it worked out the way it did,” said Greg.

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