Funmi Ogunde wins place at Oxford University after achieveing A*AA grades in French, Spanish and chemistry

Funmi Ogunde has won a place at Oxford University after achieveing A*AA grades in French, Spanish and chemistry

The Bradford Grammar School pupil had to live independently during her A Levels examinations after her mother’s sudden death .

The 18 year old from Wibsey lost her mother, Cheyvonne, from a heart attack five years ago at the age of 47, and Funmi has spent the last two years living independently after her brother Seun, who also attended Bradford Grammar, moved to the United States to study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The teenager said her dream of going to Oxford helped her recover from her mother’s death.

She said: “I’ve lived independently since I started the sixth form and I just kept my head down and focused on what was important, which was getting the grades I needed to go to Oxford.

Seun was able to return from MIT, where he is studying maths and physics, to be with his sister when she collected her results.

Bradford Grammar School headteacher Dr Simon Hinchliffe said: “Funmi has shown such courage and fortitude over the last few years. She’s lived on her own throughout the pandemic and her hard work and diligence, along with the support of the BGS family and her friends, has seen her achieve her goal of a place at Oxford University. Our heartfelt congratulations go to this incredible young woman and we wish her every success for the future.”