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Fulfilling Potential

May 15th, 2012


In January, CFBS began an exciting new programme, ‘The Key Project’. This initiative was designed to ensure that Central Foundation students fulfil their full potential. The project is a collaboration between the school, the leading city law firm, Slaughter & May and the Charity, Access.

It is vital that as many of Central Foundation students go to the country’s top universities as possible. However, it seems that some of our Key Project Students have aspirations that extend overseas.

Tahmid Chowdhury, 17 has recently learned that he has been accepted on the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme at Yale. The Yale Summer Sessions offer courses for students about to enter their final year of school. Tahmid will spend one week in the UK, preparing for the programme, one week studying European Languages and Literature in the USA and a third week at UCL (University College London).

Getting onto the course was no easy feat, with only 80 people per course and over 800 applications Tahmid has done exceptionally well. Although, with 15 GCSEs (8 A*s and 7 As) and a broad range of extra-curricular activities under his belt. It’s not surprising his application was taken seriously. Alongside an exemplar CV, applicants needed to write three essays which Tahmid explains were challenging but interesting.  

Tahmid is looking forward to meeting all of his contemporaries on the course and learning with likeminded individuals. Despite the potential jetlag he is keen to get the most out of the course, making valuable contacts along the way and decide whether studying in the US is an option he wants to explore.

If Tahmid chooses to study in the UK, his first choice will be the University of Oxford where he hopes to read English Literature and History. After university Tahmid would like to go into politics or teaching, careers where he can influence, shape and help others to reach their full potential. “I see how my teachers have had a positive impact on me and would like to help others in the same way.”

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