Update: Crawley head boy gets surprise last-minute university place

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Hazelwick School’s head boy got a surprise text telling him he had secured a last-minute place to study medicine.

John Ward, 18, who wants to be a doctor, had resigned himself to re-applying for the 2016 intake after he got no university offers.

John was out with friends when he was offered the place at St George’s University, London. He said: “It came out of the blue, my parents are absolutely thrilled and it means that I don’t have to put myself through the process a second time.”

John is the son of a retired dentist and a Metropolitan Police Inspector. He had always enjoyed science and was determined to study medicine.

He said: “There’s so much to medicine - it’s academic, you get to help people, you do research.

“I will never get bored in medicine.”

He added: “I’m not sure what field of medicine I want to work in yet, but I know I want to work with patients, I want to be able to see the impact that my work will have on people.”

He had been busily applying for jobs and volunteering opportunities in preparation for his ‘forced’ gap year.

John thanked his school for its support when his university applications were rejected.

Headteacher Ann Fearon said: “I am absolutely delighted that John has been offered a place to study medicine this year. Incredibly able and immensely hard-working, John has been a fantastic ambassador for Hazelwick in his role as Head Boy. He is completely committed to studying medicine and I have no doubt whatsoever that he will be a great success.”

John cried with joy after he got his A Level results when he received his grades at school on August 13.

John got an A* in Chemistry, As in Biology and Latin and an A for his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

He said he would apply to study medicine at a university after a gap year.

John, of Balcombe Road, Pound Hill, said: “I didn’t have an offer so I didn’t get notified by any university so I had no idea what my results were - it was a stab in the dark.

“I opened it [the letter with my results] and I was so shocked, I didn’t think I would get As.”

He explained: “In medicine, if you don’t get three As you’re done.

“I cried with joy. I thought I was going to faint.”

John wrote an essay on music and mental health for his EPQ.

He drew on his work experience shadowing a psychiatrist’s home treatment team.

He said: “It was quite intense but it paid off and it helped me very much in my essay and wider studies as well.”

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