Barnard Castle School student sets his sights on becoming future foreign secretary (From The Northern Echo)
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Barnard Castle School student sets his sights on becoming future foreign secretary
SUPER student Calum Matthews has set his sights on becoming a future foreign secretary after securing a place at Oxford with a string of top marks in his A-levels.
The 18-year-old Barnard Castle School student achieved the highest possible grades in his four subjects, including A*s in classics and Latin, an A* extended project qualification (EPQ) in classical architecture and a rare top mark of D1 grade in Cambridge Pre-U history.
He will read classics at Trinity College, Oxford, and hopes eventually to work on the nation’s foreign policy.
“The current foreign secretary William Hague is MP for Richmond, just down the road, so why not?” said Calum, of Cotherstone, near Barnard Castle.
“I can’t think of a job that would be more challenging and rewarding and I would love the travel and working with people from different countries and cultures.”
Whereas some students may have spent the summer holiday relaxing, Calum embarked on a course in ancient Greek in preparation for university.
Calum, who was head of school, hit the headlines earlier this year after becoming one of the country’s top Latin students following his second place in the international Cicero Concordia competition which included translating an original piece of Cicero’s work into English.
“I feel ecstatic. I am so thrilled to get into Trinity College as it has strong links with the North-East; it was once called Durham College and recruited from the region,” he said.
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