High-flying Skegness student sets sights on career in medical biochemistry

Easton Barker.
Easton Barker.
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A high flying Skegness Grammar School student has his sights set on a career in cancer research after achieving straight A grades in today’s A-Level results.

Easton Barker will be starting a four-year master’s degree in medical biochemistry at the University of Leeds next month having exceeded the demanding three A target required for admission.

Like thousands of fellow students across the UK, Easton says he was a nervous wreck awaiting this morning’s results and incredibly relieved to have gained two As in chemistry and physics and an A* in biology.

“It feels unbelievable now the stress has gone,” he said.

“I’d never felt so sick as I did this morning, so I’m incredibly relieved and very happy.

“My family are all so proud of me - it’s been difficult for them too because I had gone through so much stress during the exams and put a lot of pressure on myself to come out with the grades I wanted.”

Easton has thanked Skegness Grammar School for the support and advice he received to achieve the grades he did - paying particular praise to the peer mentoring system through which A-Level students teach their chosen subjects to the younger classes.

“The school has been a massive help,” he said.

“As a year 13 student they push you and offer you so much support with extra classes, courses and peer mentoring, which was very helpful - there’s no better way to learn a subject than to teach it.”

After graduating, Easton hopes to continue with academia, possibly focussing on cancer research or neurology.

But for now, after all the stress and nervous anticipation, Easton and his friends will be celebrating their results and enjoying their time together before parting ways for university.

“We’re going out for a few drinks with all my friends, just enjoying a night out and making the most of it before we move away,” he said.

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