Brighton student’s remarkable journey from Greece – with no English – to medical school in six years

Posted On 18 Aug 2022 at 12:29 pm

A 17-year-old student from Brighton has won a place at medical school six years after arriving in Britain, unable to speak any English.

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Olga Frosynou, who will be 18 in November, earned three top grades and the chance to become a doctor after studying at Lewes Old Grammar School.

The school said: “Olga arrived in the UK aged 10 from Greece, speaking no English at all. Today her A-level grades look set to have earnt her a place at medical school.

“Olga, who does not turn 18 until November, got an A* in German, an A in chemistry and a B in biology.

“She moved to Woodingdean with her family to escape the economic crisis in 2015 and took up a place at Lewes Old Grammar School.”

She said: “I couldn’t speak a word of English and in lessons it was so hard. I had to ask the teacher all the time and get friends to explain things and then, when I got home, I would relearn it by myself.

“It was only in year 9 and 10 that I was really able to be confident in English. Now I’m so delighted to think I will go on to do medicine and be a doctor. I never thought it would happen.”

Head master Robert Blewitt added: “Olga is such a determined person and has excelled despite all the hurdles in her way. We are incredibly proud of her.”

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