A pair of students from Pontefract’s NEW College are celebrating very different successes.
Emily-Grace Clifton has gained a place at the Royal Northern College of Music while fellow student Esme Lawrence has been selected to join the British Exploring Society’s summer expedition to Norway.
Emily-Grace, who was also chosen to perform with the National Youth Orchestra last month, hopes to become a professional violinist.
The 17-year-old, said: “I was deciding between Birmingham and Royal Northern and eventually picked Royal Northern after finding a great teacher.
“I also love the place. I had to audition at each of the conservatoires, which was tough as the standards are so high and it’s very competitive.”
Sixteen-year-old Esme, from Purston, was accepted on the trip to Norway after having a telephone interview with the British Exploring Society.
The teenager, who studies A-level maths, further maths and French, applied for a bursary for the trip after hearing about it at college.
She said: “I’ve never done anything like this before. It will be a fantastic life experience, and will help towards my application for university.”
Pauline Hagen, college principal, said: “We are all extremely proud of Emily-Grace’s and Esme’s achievements so far and all the hard work they have put in.”