College students celebrate top achievements

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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.

Esme Lawrence, Pontefract NEW College

Esme Lawrence, Pontefract NEW College

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.”