With both our new and returning students settling into college life at the start of a new academic year; we thought it would be an ideal time to profile a handful of our former students whose outstanding achievements have unlocked some fantastic opportunities.
Today, we focus on former St Edmund Arrowsmith pupil Marisa Hensey who has chosen to study Earth Science at the University of St Andrews after leaving Winstanley College with straight A*s in Earth Science, Geography, English Literature and her Extended Project.
Throughout her time at Winstanley College, Marisa proved to be a hugely successful student; in addition to her outstanding A-level results, she also scooped a prize for her Geology prowess at our annual Awards Evening and scored 100% in her English Literature coursework!
Unsurprisingly, Marisa received offers from each of her five chosen universities with all her hard work truly paying off when she was awarded the prestigious Wardlaw Scholarship by the University of St Andrews. The Wardlaw Scholarship programme, established in 2004 in honour of Henry Wardlaw, founder of the University of St Andrews, will provide Marisa with some wonderful opportunities, including the chance to study abroad at some point in the future.
What truly makes Marisa’s achievements so special though is that she managed to maintain her academic excellence in exceptionally difficult circumstances. In December 2017, her mother Jean Hensey-Reynard was unfortunately diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Jean had surgery in January 2018 which was followed by chemotherapy at Wigan Cancer Care Unit, resulting in a prolonged stay in hospital.
Steely determination undoubtedly runs in the family, while Marisa bravely took everything in her stride with her usual ‘quiet and reserved’ demeanour; Jean continues to remain positive, she even completed the Race for Life at Haydock Race Course on 15th July with Marisa, her cousin Christine Barker and some of her former St John Fisher Catholic High School colleagues in tow!
In August 2018, proud mum Jean collected Marisa’s results from Winstanley College while her daughter was on holiday in Lanzarote. Clearly delighted by Marisa’s achievements, Jean said: “I would like to thank all the dedicated and hardworking staff at Winstanley College who taught my daughter throughout the last two years. Marisa was always encouraged to “Aim-High” and this support, along with her own hard work and determination, has resulted in Marisa achieving top grades and receiving a scholarship from her first choice university.”
On behalf of everyone at Winstanley College, we would like to take this opportunity to wish both Jean and Marisa all the very best for the future.