Bright future for Kimberley


undefinedKimberley Smith has overcome cancer and is looking forward to starting at her first choice University in September.

Kimberley, 18, from Oswaldtwistle, was diagnosed with stage 2 lymphoma in February this year after finding a lump in her neck.

After a series of test, the shattering news was broken to the teen and news that it had spread to her chest.

Kimberley said: “I was revising for my exams when I found out I had cancer.

“Blackburn College were fantastic. They contacted UCAS and Leeds Beckett University offered me an unconditional place so that I didn’t have the additional stress during my illness.

“I underwent three cycles of chemotherapy and lost all my hair. They said the treatment would be effective but I was still ill during my exams. I had had chemotheraphy just days before, and missed one of them because I was at The Christie.”

The former Rhyddings High School pupil will still have regular checkups but it looking forward to the future and attending Leeds Beckett university to study BA (Hons) in History.

She said: “They said I didn’t need to sit my exams, but I wanted to. I got an A, C and two Ds despite my treatment. It has been a hard year but I’m looking forward to the future.”

Blackburn College students achieved a 100% pass rate in 22 A-Level subjects with the highest performing A-Level programmes including Accounting, Further Maths, Government and Politics, Classical Civilisations and Fine Art.

The College’s continued success - year-on-year improvements for three years running - means this year’s students are set to progress to top universities across the country including Lancaster University, the University of Leeds, the University of Manchester, and Blackburn College’s own University Centre where 85% of degrees are awarded by Lancaster University and with over 3000 students in 2016.

Principal and Chief Executive Dr Thomas Moore was delighted with the results.

“We would like to congratulate all the students on their hard work and dedication and wish them well in the future.

“Special thanks must be given to the College’s excellent team of academic staff for their continued commitment to outstanding teaching and learning.

“Students consistently tell us that the academic support and guidance received from their teachers and support staff is a key reason for their high level of success and in the results of the National Student Survey 2016 of Higher Education Institutions in England, the University Centre at Blackburn College was placed in the top 25% nationally for academic support.”

18 Aug 2016, 14:02 PM

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