Alfie is aiming high

Hastings teenager Alfie Denness is one step closer to achieving his dream of a future in politics after his outstanding A level results secured him a place at Cambridge University.

Alfie, a student at Ark Sixth Form East Sussex got three A*s in Geography, English Literature and Sociology and an A in History.

He has been offered a place at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, which includes a roll call of famous political figures including Oliver Cromwell and former Foreign Secretary David Owen. More recently political journalist Andrew Rawnsley and cabinet minister Chris Grayling have studied there.

Alfie, 18, is the first member of his family to go to university. He benefited from a sixth form bursary which has supported his studies, allowing him to buy revision books and pay for school trips such as a Geography field trip to Swanage last year. At university, he will benefit from a bursary of from the Reuben Scholarship Programme.

Alfie said though it had been hard work getting the outstanding grades in his A levels had made it all worthwhile. “It was a relief because it was quite stressful. I knew that I would get some of the grades, but some of the subjects could be subjectively marked, so I was a bit nervous that I had let myself down on at least one of them on the day.

“My Mum said she was very proud because of all the work that I put in and she thought I deserved it. All the teachers I had were really good, I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Alfie inherited campaigning genes from his father, who is a trade union representative. He is already a member of a political party and hopes to be involved in student politics at Cambridge. “I want to campaign for the same kind of opportunities that I had to be offered to young people across our country,” he said. “I’ve had great help from those who believed in me at my school, but not everyone is so lucky.”