Academic success for Old Elizabethans at Cambridge

Several Old Elizabethans have achieved notable academic success at Cambridge University, the School has learned.

Ares Kokkinos (2001-08) has been awarded a First for Part IIA of his Economics Tripos by Trinity College, Cambridge. His academic and leadership qualities were recognised at QE, where he was described by his Year Head, David Ryan, as “an effective and committed Lieutenant” whose “peers look up to him and benchmark their performance against his”. His extra-curricular activities while he was at QE included participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award scheme, fencing and playing the piano.

Amar Shah (1999-2006) was placed in the First Class of his examinations at St John’s College, Cambridge, in recognition of which he has been awarded a College Prize and made a Scholar of the College for this academic year. In his final report from QE, Amar, who was then a senior prefect, was described as “an outstanding mathematician who has an innate ability to deal with the most complex of abstract principles”. He played the flute in School concerts, represented QE at chess and was a peer mentor.

Amar’s fellow St John’s student, Rahul Rose (2001-08), pictured receiving his A level results in August 2008, has also won prizes from the college for his academic performance. In a report issued during Rahul’s final year at QE, Mr Ryan lauded him as “certainly one of the most articulate and able students I have had the pleasure of knowing”. He was a prefect and was also a member of a very successful European Youth Parliament debating team while at the School.

Arun Jayapaul (2001-08) was congratulated in a letter from Professor Dame Jean Thomas, Master of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, on his “outstanding examination performance”. On the basis of his results, he was awarded a Robert Skerne (1661) Scholarship and invited to the Dr Gostlin Dinner, which takes place this month. He was also awarded a College Book Prize. Arun was a House Vice-Captain, a senior prefect and took part in several extra-curricular Economics activities, such as Shares4Schools and Target 2.0.