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Talented Droylsden linguist heads to Cambridge

A talented linguist from Droylsden is off to study at Cambridge University.

Madeleine Frost, 18, is set to study French and Italian following a set of impressive A Level results.

She’s heading to the historic Lucy Cavendish College and said she’s very excited about the prospect.

She’s chosen to study languages, after growing up in a home where both her parents also speak French.

“I’ve always enjoyed French and growing up with my parents speaking it helps,” she said.

“I’ve been to Italy before as well. I loved it there so I wanted to pick that as well.

“I think studying languages, especially at university level, is like a degree in everything. You study history, art, literature. It’s an all encompassing degree.”

She’s an alumni of Fairfield High School for Girls and took part in their Sutton Trust Cambridge Summer School, which encourages and mentors students to apply to the prestigious institution.

It’s a programme she said helped her on the way although everything was online during Covid.

“I loved my time at Fairfield having such good teachers and honestly, French was my favourite lesson.

“I took part in the Sutton Trust Cambridge Summer School although it was a very peculiar situation, being the first year of doing it during Covid, but it gave me a bit of a bit of a push,” she said.

Her former head teacher at Fairfield, Stephanie Batemen, said she was incredibly proud of what her former pupil had achieved.

“I’m immensely proud of Madeleine. She was an exemplary head girl at our school and embodies all the qualities that this school strives for. Hard work, honesty, kindness, happiness,” she said.

“She worked really hard while she was here and the harder you work, the more successful you get.

“It’s really important that local young women from this area strive to be the very best that they can in whatever field they choose to go in to, and therefore for our girls to be able to compete on a national stage at Cambridge is something very important to me.

“She’s doing French, which I’m really thrilled about, and I’m glad she’s starting with Balzac because he’s one of my favourite French authors. So good luck Madeleine and fly the flag for Tameside and Fairfield High School for Girls.”

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