Squash champion heading off to Yale

Head teacher Wendy Heslop and Lucy Beecroft.
Head teacher Wendy Heslop and Lucy Beecroft.

A squash champion from the county has been offered a place at one of the world’s most prestigious universities.

Cramlington Learning Village pupil Lucy Beecroft has received a ‘likely letter’ from Yale after she passed tests in various academic subjects, completed the rigorous American Scholastic Aptitude Test and took part in a Trans-Atlantic interview.

The 19-year-old’s efforts for Yale were in addition to her studies here, where she will sit A Levels in Biology, Maths and English Language next year.

Lucy – who won a bronze medal in the summer representing England in the World Junior Women’s Team Championship in the Netherlands - became aware that studying at an American university was a possibility.

“They’ll go out of their way to get a good sports team but you can’t just walk in,” she said.

“I heard about people doing it, but never thought it would happen to me, but I looked more into it when I started sixth form and began to think about what to do after school. I decided it was a possibility after all, if I worked hard.”

Head teacher Wendy Heslop said: “We are proud of all of our students – whether they end up studying thousands of miles from home or at the excellent universities we have on our doorstep.

“For them all we try to support their ambition, whatever that might be.That is why I am so pleased for Lucy. As such a successful squash player she has always been a credit to her family and this school and she has worked really hard to win her place at Yale.”