Warwickshire School News: Former Avon Valley student inspires next generation of Scientists

IMG_2119Future Oxford PhD scientist, Archna Shah, recently revisited her old school, The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College, to talk to aspiring scientists about careers and pathways into the subject.

Archna attended The Avon Valley School herself from 2005 until 2010 when she left with 4A*, 4A and 1B. Upon completing her GCSEs Archna studied for her A-Levels before becoming an undergraduate at The University of Warwick. She achieved a First Class Integrated Master’s degree in Biochemistry and was successful in gaining a place as a PhD student at The Queen’s College, The University of Oxford, where she will study towards a doctorate in structural biology.

Archna, said:

“I had excellent support from the staff during my time at AVS and it was a privilege to be invited to talk to students about science and my academic journey from GCSEs to starting my doctorate degree. The students I spoke to were engaged and attentive and I hope I have provided an insight into the opportunities that a career in science can offer for them”.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said:

“It is always nice to hear from our former students. During her time at AVS Archna was a model student and it was a pleasure to hear about her successes. We encourage all our students to work hard and aim high. Archna is a shining example for our school community; her achievements show what hard work and commitment can achieve.”

You can find out more about Avon Valley School on their Website: http://www.avonvalleyschool.org/

More information about education in Warwickshire is available on the Warwickshire Website: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/education

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