Simona Pilmane, Jake Parish and Zara Bek are all set for Cambridge University. Picture: Ian Burt

A trio of students at King’s Lynn’s Springwood High have secured offers to study at Cambridge University. 

Jake Parish, Simona Pilmane and Zara Bek, all of Lynn, will be the first in their families to go to Cambridge. 

The students said the support offered by the school, which is part of West Norfolk Academies Trust, had helped in their achievement.

Simona, 17, moved with her mum and brother to the UK from Latvia around four years ago, and is the first in her family to go to university in England. 

She has chosen engineering to combine her interest in maths and physics and said: “There are quite a few things I find interesting – right now something I have been looking at is robotic prosthetics.

“It seems really interesting to me and I would love to be able to work on that.”

Zara, 18, lives with her mum and younger sister, and has received an offer to study classics. She became interested in Latin at primary school and decided to study it full-time.

She said: “In the longer term, I will probably apply to the civil service fast stream when I’m a final year undergrad, but something else might come up.” 

Jake, 18, who has won a place to study law, said his mum, dad and two sisters were “over the moon” that he had been offered a place at Cambridge.

“It was always somewhere I knew was academically excellent and when I was researching universities, it was a plan for about a year or so before the application,” he said. 

“A year before I applied, a former commercial lawyer came into school to talk to me and a couple of other prospective law students and go though mock interviews – so that was really helpful. 

“The school has had multiple workshops about the admissions process, so they have been great.”