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Nell, 18, wins US university scholarship - and avoids student debt

Press Association logoPress Association 16/08/2015
Bristol pupils Kyiah Ashton, left, and Nell Bailey, both 18, who are avoiding rising tuition fees in the UK by heading to America to study on full scholarships. (St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School/PA) © Provided by Press Association Bristol pupils Kyiah Ashton, left, and Nell Bailey, both 18, who are avoiding rising tuition fees in the UK by heading to America to study on full scholarships. (St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School/PA)

A teenager has avoided being saddled with student debt in the future - by winning a full scholarship in America.

Nell Bailey, 18, from Knowle, Bristol, achieved an A* in biology, As in geography and classical civilisations and a B in critical thinking.

She will now set off to Barnard College - affiliated with Columbia University - in New York City to study Liberal Arts.

The cost of tuition at the university is usually 45,851 dollars per year, equivalent to about £29,400.

Nell, a student at St Mary Redcliffe & Temple, an inner city school in Bristol, said she was "crazily excited" to go to the States.

"I go in two weeks," she said.

"I have my visa and I now I have to pack and order a lot of things from American shops I can't take with me.

"My parents are so excited and they are really, really supportive.

"They are a bit sad as it is so far away but if I'm happy, they are happy too."

Nell said she had chosen the American system because it offers a wide range of subjects to study, as well as good pastoral care.

"The system is very focused on the individual," she added.

"I got a good scholarship so it is fully funded - meaning I won't come out with £50,000 of debt.

"I will come out with no debt at all."

Her friend, Kyiah Ashton, 18, from Redland, Bristol, will also be heading to America to study at Wellesley College.

The college was previously attended by Hillary Clinton.

"My mum is coming to visit but it is going to be strange to be so far away," Kyiah said.

St Mary Redcliffe & Temple has achieved a pass rate of 99.3% with 64% of grades being B or above - equalling their previous best set of results.

Headteacher Elisabeth Gilpin said: "The wonderful results today are a credit to the hardworking students, the inspirational teachers, caring support staff and nervous parents.

"For many of the students at Redcliffe sixth form we are building on GCSE results the students achieved in other schools."

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