Students from Highbridge’s King Alfred School are heading to two of the world’s best universities, as others return from their trips to several prestigious university summer schools.

Burnham student Bethan Marshall, 18, has started her Cambridge University studies in Natural Science after gaining 3 A* A Level grades and an A in mathematics, further mathematics, chemistry and physics.

Meanwhile Ashley Benton, also 18, who was in the same class as Bethan, is studying physics at University College London, which has just been ranked as the fifth best university in the world.

Meanwhile, several other sixth-form students including Lucy Cox, Sam Harkness and Becky Jones returned from their summer school visits to the respective academic institutions of Durham University, Nottingham University and Exeter University.

Now up to 30 younger gifted and talented students from Years 10 and 11 will make a fact-finding trip to Oxford University.

Bethan aims to help other current The King Alfred School students to fulfil their potential and assist them in their goal of following in her footsteps by aiming high and attending the UK’s leading institutions.

Bethan said: “Going to Cambridge is a testament of much hard work. I’m ecstatic to know that I will be taught by people who don’t just teach science, but are making the discoveries that they are teaching about.”

“It’s a privilege to think that other people will be inspired to follow their wildest dreams in the same way that I did.”

Head Teacher Denise Hurr said: “We are extremely proud of Bethan and Ashley, and all our students, in their achievements. These universities are among the best in the world and we want to support and encourage as many of our students as possible to go there. We tell our students often that they can achieve their dreams and to aim for the very best.”

Bethan received constant support from The King Alfred School including mock interviews, specialist tuition from Cambridge graduates and guidance through the application process. She also gained 5 A grades at AS Level in biology, chemistry, mathematics, further mathematics and physics.