External student excels at English

“There’s a really intelligent atmosphere; people want to work and achieve.” These were the words of Astrid Morkot, who joined Emmanuel in Year 12 for her A Levels studies three years ago.

She was one of several external students who applied to join Emmanuel College in the Sixth-Form, and she never looked back since. “It was easy to adapt to the new environment,” she recalled. “I fitted in straight away, made friends easily, and found the atmosphere a lot more work-focussed. Teachers are really helpful and encouraging, and there are really intelligent discussions in lessons.”

With a strong interest in humanities and English, Astrid chose A Levels in English Language, English Literature and Geography. “I’m interested in journalism – the ability to connect with the world through writing – especially writing about things you have a passion for.”

Astrid is a keen sportswoman, enjoying running and swimming. She took part in last year’s Great North Run and has achieved her Life Guard qualification. But her greatest passion is without doubt literature, and this is what she’s pursuing at university. Having gained the required three As for the University of York, she is embarking on a degree course which will be her next step to a career using her interest and expertise in English.

Mrs Fox, Head of English, said: “Both English Language and English Literature are very popular A Levels which are gateways to many different career paths. In the department, we strive to engender a genuine love for the subject in addition to our focus on academic excellence.”