Cayman student to attend Cambridge University

A student from the Cayman Islands who recently completed his A-Levels at Brighton College in the UK is heading to Cambridge University to study natural sciences.

Matthew Penner, 18, who will be starting St. Catharine’s College in October, spent two years at Brighton, calling the teaching there “fantastic”.

The student achieved “superb A-Level results” at the college, according to a press release. Elaborating on the teaching, he said, “it frequently goes beyond the syllabus – which is hugely beneficial for a Cambridge application”.

Penner explained he took part in weekly preparation sessions for the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge which enabled him to win the Roentgenium Award, an honour placing him in the top 50 chemistry students in the UK.

“Winning this [award] allowed me to spend a weekend at St. Catharine’s, where, amongst other things I undertook undergraduate experiments,” Penner said. “I also received excellent advice and guidance throughout the whole university application process.”

Beyond the academic rigour, Penner pointed to other aspects of Brighton that helped him settle into life in the UK and achieve scholastic success.

“Brighton College’s welcoming and kind ethos helped me to quickly gain my footing at the school,” he said. “It was a little daunting arriving at first, but my house master and tutor were great at helping me find my feet and making sure that I felt as comfortable as possible.”

He attended Cayman Prep and High School through Year 11, and was named overall champion and Year 10 senior challenge winner in the 2016 Minds Inspired Mathematics Challenge at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

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