Former Deputy Head Boy to Attend University of Oxford


We have great news, former deputy head boy Aaron James, who left Leasowes High School in 2018, has recently been accepted to all FIVE of his university choices. The even better news is that one of choices and Aaron’s preferred destination is none other than Christ Church College,  University of Oxford, where Aaron will be reading for a degree in French and Spanish.

Christ Church College’s ‘Modest’ Dining Hall.

Aaron left Leasowes with an incredible set of GCSE results, four Grade 9s and four Grade 8s (Grade 8 is an A* equivalent and Grade 9 is only achieved by the top 2% of students in the country). Even more remarkably, Aaron achieved a Grade 9 in Spanish having only picked up the subject in year 9 after his Modern Foreign Language (MFL) teacher, Mrs Liz Hoare, identified Aaron’s flair for languages.

Following his great news Aaron came into school to speak to Mrs Hoare about the application process and his journey since leaving us two years ago, Aaron stated, “The application process was grueling to say the least! It included six interview stages, two grammar and translation exams, three pieces of written work on top of the usual application documents such as personal statements and UCAS form. Going into the interviews, I was aware of the stiff competition for places I would face so I had to prepare with lots of pre-reading and research.”

No one at Leasowes is surprised by Aaron’s success and achievements. During his time here, Aaron was chief language ambassador which meant that he regularly represented the MFL department at school functions and events. Aaron also benefitted from Leasowes’ Anglo-French links with a number of schools in Paris and Brittany, in year 9 he also enjoyed a trip to Paris where he took in the sites and culture of the magnificent French capital.

Aaron returns to share the news with his former French teacher.

Mrs Hoare commented, “I am immensely proud of Aaron’s achievements, no one deserves this more than he does. He is the most gifted linguist I have ever taught in my 18 years of teaching and is a role model to all students. His work ethic and thirst for learning is second to none, although this is a fantastic milestone for Aaron I also know it is only the beginning of his story and can’t wait to see what follows. Félicitations et bonne chance Aaron!”

As part of Aaron’s enrichment programme from King Edwards VI College, Stourbridge, he returned to school to support the MFL department as a Learning Support Assistant in 2019, he was a welcome addition to the team who are hoping he will return again in the future to inspire more students!

Aaron had the following advice for current Leasowes students who are about to make their option choices, “Do languages! They are the most rewarding subjects on offer, lots of opportunities to travel, lots of beautiful literature and it opens the world up, you never know where the future will take you! One of the most satisfying feelings is when native French or Spanish speakers understand what you are saying. Ultimately, whatever you choose make sure you love it, it makes it so much easier to learn”

Well done Aaron, we are all very proud of you!