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TGS Student Accepted to Cambridge University

Toowoomba Grammar School 2017 Year 12 graduate, Austin Reed has been accepted into one of the World’s most prestigious tertiary facilities, Cambridge University.

Selectors contacted Austin just recently to advise him of his successful application.

It was a rigorous process; Austin was amongst thousands of applicants world-wide. These were narrowed down to just 500 potential candidates who then had to sit an entry exam. Only 250 of those applicants passed and it was from this group that Austin was offered a position.

Austin initially applied with the mindset “I’ll give it a go, I’ve got nothing to lose” because he has family in England and he thought it would be an amazing opportunity to study at Cambridge as it is rated the best University in the World for Mathematics.

Austin is not yet sure what he wants to do when he finishes his three-year degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with Honours, however is considering possibly heading into business or research and development.

Austin was one of eleven TGS students who achieved an OP 1 in 2017, but he is not just an academic; he was in the First XI Football team in Year 12, he also played in the GPS competition for Volleyball, Basketball, Rugby Union and Swimming and was a dedicated Art student, one of just 12 in Queensland who was selected to have his work displayed at the Creative Generation Excellence in Visual Art Exhibitions at the Southbank Art Galleries in Brisbane.

Austin was also heavily involved in Community Service Activities during his time at TGS, including participation in Tri-Care visits, the Sony Camp for children with special needs, Clean-up Australia Day and numerous fundraising events.

Austin is the second TGS student to be accepted into Cambridge University, with 1987 TGS graduate, Donald Syme also obtaining a PhD from Cambridge University.

The School has also had four Rhodes Scholars; Andreas Heger in 2010, Peter Cameron in 1963, Lister Hopkins in 1932 and Robert Barbour in 1920.