Weronika sets her sights on Oxford - six years after starting English lessons

March 24 2017

Bristol teenager, Weronika Razmus, has been offered a place at Oxford University – only six years after moving to the UK without the ability to speak or write any English.

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Bristol teenager, Weronika Razmus, has been offered a place at Oxford University – only six years after moving to the UK without the ability to speak or write any English.

Weronika, aged 18, moved with her family from Poland to Shirehampton in 2011 and attended Oasis Academy Brightstowe until the summer of 2015.

She then won a scholarship to Colston’s School to study for her A Levels and has now been offered a place to read chemistry at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, in the autumn.

Weronika won a Tolman Scholarship, which are provided by Old Colstonians in memory of Jim Tolman, who attended Colston’s and went on to become a hugely popular PE teacher at Oasis Academy Brightstowe for many years. Every year two Brightstowe students are selected for one of the two sixth form Tolman Scholarships at Colston’s.

Weronika is one of two Colston’s sixth formers to win an Oxbridge place this year. Head girl Francesca James, also 18, from Westbury-on-Trym, has been offered a place at Gonville and Caius, Cambridge, where she will study chemical engineering through natural sciences.

Weronika said: “When I moved to the UK in 2011 I didn’t speak any English, German was my second language. But I was determined to pick it up and all the staff at Brightstowe were great in helping me to become fluent. Both my parents work in construction but I would like to stay working in something chemistry-related when I finish my four-year degree.”