Lewis sets sights on Oxford after GCSE triumph
Published on: 01 Sep 2014
NO wonder student Lewis Webb is beaming - he's just bagged top results in his GCSE exams.
The Mangotsfield School pupil has achieved 9 A*s, one A and one C, giving him plenty of smile about.
When Lewis arrived at the school on August 21 to collect his results, he couldn't have been more shocked.
"I was extremely happy but certainly wasn't expecting it," the 16-year-old said.
"I was aiming to do well and was predicted A*s in some subjects but not in all of them. I was just a little bit miffed about the C in photography - I just didn't really get on very well with that subject!"
So what's Lewis's secret?
"I did a heck of a lot of revision and went to lots of after school classes.
"My best subject is maths and I took my GCSE early in November of Year 11 and got an A*. I also took a science early in November of Year 10 and got an A*."
Lewis enjoyed his time at Mangotsfield and now plans to stay on at the school's sixth form to study A-levels in maths, psychology, English literature and biology.
"I got on with pretty much every teacher and they were always there when I needed them. In Year 11 they treat you a lot more like an adult."
Lewis lives in Hinton near Pucklechurch with mum Sue, dad Lindsay and his 14-year-old brother Cameron.
Although he plans to aim high for his future, he remains modest and his feet are planted firmly on the ground.
"I definitely want to apply to Oxford University after my A-levels but whether I'll get in is a different story," he said.
"I want to do some sort of psychology degree, maybe in mental health counselling. My ideal job would be an institutional therapist. If I go for a doctorate and PHD I'll be able to do drug therapy too.
"I'm really enthusiastic about it and have been to see some counsellors and therapists already to experience what they do and how they do it."
Lewis describes himself as persistent, a good listener and empathetic - all qualities he says he can bring to his chosen career path.
When he isn't studying, Lewis can be found working at Currys PC World in Longwell Green.
"It might sound strange but it is a kind of psychological job as you have to get to know each customer to find out what they want and need and try to find out what's best for them."
And if Lewis hasn't achieved enough, he's also a 2nd dan black belt in the ancient art of Tae Kwon Do.
"I've done Tae Kwon Do for eight or nine years," he said.
"I train at North Bristol Tae Kwon Do about five hours a week. I used to take part in competitions but don't any more. I intend to carry on with the sport and go up to the next grade but I've not got any interest in becoming a world champion! It's just nice to do it as a hobby and meet up with friends there."
Sue and Lindsay said all Lewis’s hard work had paid off: “The teachers at Mangotsfield School made it clear what needed to be done to get the best results,” they said.
“Lewis got stuck into it and worked hard. The results are fabulous and totally deserved. Well done son.”