From overalls to Oxford

Chapel-en-le-Frith's David Marchington has won a place at Oxford.
Chapel-en-le-Frith's David Marchington has won a place at Oxford.

A Chapel-en-le-Frith student is preparing to swap car bonnets for books as he studies at one of the UK’s top universities.

David Marchington has won a place at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, to read English Literature.

The King’s School student, 18, is currently spending his gap year working as a trainee motor mechanic with Russell Andrew in Tideswell, but later this year will be swapping the garage for the lecture room as he starts university.

One of The King’s School’s top academic high flyers, David, of Market Street, gained ten A*s in his GCSEs and two A*s and one A in his A2 papers.

He is particularly fascinated by the works of early Twentieth Century romantics Robert Frost and Edward Thomas and said: “I love the natural cadence of their poetry but I also enjoy working under the bonnet of a car .”

He added: “I am delighted to have won a place at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, and am looking forward to starting my course, but I am also enjoying learning new skills during my gap year.”

Principal of The King’s Sixth Form, Ruth Roberts, was full of praise for David.

She said: “Britain’s top universities clearly base their choice not only on academic gifts, but on the individual’s achievements and ambitions outside the classroom.

“David is an extremely rounded young man who has been a sheer joy to teach and we are so pleased that Regent’s Park, Oxford, has recognised his insight.”

David will begin his studies at Oxford in September.