Tunbridge Wells girl is the nation’s top geography student

Tunbridge Wells girl is the nation’s top geography student

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Lucy Rimmer

A former student from Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School (TWGGS) has won two prestigious awards after achieving the highest georgraphy A level score in the country last year.

The Royal Geographical Society has honoured Lucy Rimmer and two pupils from Sevenoaks School with Excellence Awards, which are given to the 24 students who scored the highest marks across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the 2015 exams.

Lucy joined International Baccalaureate students Rory Alexander and Abigail Hands from Sevenoaks School as three out of only eight advanced level students to be honoured nationally. They received their prestigious awards on Monday, after half term.

The RGS-IBG education department (set up with the Institute of British Geographers) is at the heart of the Society’s work as a learning community for geography, promoting and reinforcing the relevance and benefi ts of the subject.

The Society’s Excellence Awards celebrates the hard work and achievement of the pupils with the top results in GCSE, IGCSE, Level 1/Level 2 Certifi cate, A level, International Baccalaureate and Pre-U geography exams each year.

Steve Brace, the Society’s Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, said: “The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is delighted to recognise the hard work and success of those pupils who achieved the highest marks nationally in the 2015 geography examinations.

“The pupils receiving these awards have all demonstrated their excellent understanding of geography as a subject and how it can inform us about the world we live in. Their exceptional marks reflect both their ability as geographers and the high quality teaching that takes place in their schools.”

The winning students each receive a cash prize and certifi cate from the Society.

TWGGS pupil Lucy also recently received a Cup for A level Geography from Millwood Designer Homes – the third Rimmer sister to do so after siblings Imogen and Isabel. She was given a £50 cheque and £50 book token.

At the time of the award, TWGGS Deputy Headteacher Dr Rossane Brimsted told the housebuilding firm: “Lucy is a very deserving winner of the Millwood Designer Homes Cup this year.

“She is following in the family tradition as she is the third of the sisters to be our best Geographer and win this prestigious trophy.

“We have recently also heard that Lucy has been given an Award for Excellence in Geography by the Royal Geographical Society for having the highest A level examination score in the whole country for Edexcel A Level Geography. We are very proud of her at TWGGS.”

Lucy, who is now studying medicine at Birmingham University, is used to high-level competition.

In 2014 she was part of the TWGGS team who took part in the National Schools’ Biathlon Final at London’s Olympic Park in 2014, where they met Olympic diver Tom Daley.