Belfast Telegraph

Five-star A-level student delighted

One of Northern Ireland's top A-level students is en route to Oxford University after achieving five top grades.

Jamie Beacom, 18, will follow in the footsteps of some of the most illustrious mathematicians when he goes to Hertford College later this year.

The Omagh Academy student credited his teacher, Joanne Faulkner, for encouraging him to get five A* grades. He said: "She really inspired me and made me enthusiastic about maths to the point where I loved it and the thrill I get out of doing it."

Jamie said linear algebra was among the subjects he enjoyed in maths class and added he hoped to go on and do postgraduate research.

The Omagh teenager, who has two sisters, Jessica, 16, and Katie, 12, was delighted to have succeeded after two years of constant note-taking. He studied maths, further maths, physics, chemistry and religious education.

He added: "It is fantastic, I never even thought that would be possible. I never tried to entertain the idea, I just thought I would do the work and whatever I got that is what I deserved.It was more important to do the best that I could."

He is a grandson of Omagh Ulster Unionist councillor Bert Wilson. His father Rodney said his son had worked very hard and the family was overjoyed.

Alumni at Hertford College include the writer of Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift, John Wilkins, who helped establish science's Royal Society, and political philosopher Thomas Hobbes.

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