Long Road Sixth Form College student Richard Allitt is celebrating his offer of a place to study combined Maths and Computer Science at the University of Cambridge. Richard, who formerly attended Newmarket College in Newmarket, is taking Maths, Further Maths, Computing and Physics at Long Road.
“I moved to LRSFC for my A levels, mainly because I wanted to study Further Maths, but also because I wanted to make a fresh start and get to know new people,” he explains. “My teachers at Long Road encouraged me to apply for Cambridge, and I decided to give it a go. I’m really glad I did, and I am extremely grateful to all my Long Road teachers for their support. I am very glad I decided to come to Long Road.”
Richard has been interested in Maths and Computing for as long as he can remember. “My mother says I used to count the carrots in the supermarket when I was a toddler,” he says, “and I taught myself to do computer programming.”
As part of his A level course, Richard has designed a game to help teach primary school children directions using a rabbit on a grid. “We use Python to program at the college, which is really good,” he says. “I am also learning to use Java at home to program Android. I really like web development as well.”
Richard was one of two Long Road students who won £1000 for the college at the Microsoft Think Computer Science during his first year at the college. “That was fun,” he says.
“I am really looking forward to my studies at Cambridge. We start by studying Maths and Computer Science 50/50 but can then specialise in one or the other by choosing particular units. I might continue to take a 50/50 approach though. I haven’t yet decided what to do in the future, but working in Computer Science will be part of it.”
Richard’s Maths teacher, Stephen Warr, says, “We are delighted that Richard has got a place at Cambridge. It is very well deserved as he is an brilliant mathematician who is enjoying the challenge of tackling questions from STEP II and III papers (examinations set by the University of Cambridge for potential Maths undergraduates). We hope that he will come back and visit us to talk to our students.”
Adam McNicol, Richard’s Computer teacher, says, “Richard is an excellent example of a student who has both the ability and application to do well. We are very pleased that he has thrived at Long Road. With the greater emphasis on computing in schools and colleges, there should be some top-class computer scientists in the country in the future, and we are sure that Richard will be one of them.”
Top picture: Richard with Adam McNicol (left) and Stephen Warr (right). Centre picture: Richard’s ‘Rabbit’ game. Bottom picture: Richard with fellow Think Computer Science quiz winner Harry Jeffery (left).