academic Megan Whiteley will be going back to the dark ages to discover more
about modern Britain.
17-year-old King’s School student has earned an offer from Clare College
Cambridge to read Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic to study a period that lay the
foundations for much of today’s society.
who got a stunning straight 11 A*s in her GCSEs with a 9 in Maths, needs to get
an A* and three A grades in her A Levels of German, Maths, Latin and History to
go up to the second oldest of all of Cambridge’s colleges and one of the most
said: “I love languages and I love history and this seemed the perfect choice.
The vast majority of our language and our grammar derives from pre-1066
Britain. One could also say that the ever-present North South divide emanates
from Dane Law and the Viking influence in the North and the Angles in the
said: “I am fascinated by the literature I have read from the period. Works
such as Beowulf and the extended Welsh poem The Mabinogion not only offer a
commentary on their lifestyle but, in what was already a Christian country,
rely heavily on Pagan stories, superstition and magic to reveal the plot. It is
a different way of thinking and I hope to find out more about how people lived and
thought over a thousand years ago.”
keen musician and member of the award-winning King’s Foundation Choir, at this
moment Megan is hoping to pursue a career in archaeology.
of King’s Sixth Form Richard Davies said: “We are extremely proud of Megan's achievement as she embodies the
intellectual curiosity and dedication we value so much at King's.”