KING’S Ely Sixth Form student Pippa Gribbon has recently returned home from a fascinating work experience placement in the Dominican Republic.

Pippa, from Swaffham in Norfolk, aspires to be a surgeon and her two-week placement was with a company called Global Pre-Meds.

Last week, Pippa, pictured here with her mum, Alison, discovered she had achieved the A Level grades she needed to study Biomedical Sciences at the University of Southampton, where she will be starting in September.

Pippa, who joined King’s Ely in Year 12, said: “Coming to King’s Ely Sixth Form was one of the best decisions I’ve made; I wish I had joined earlier.

“I love the Old Palace, the teaching is brilliant and I have made friends for life. I also love the community spirit of the school, which I think is really enhanced by the House structure. I was in Torfrida.”

Speaking about her recent work placement, Pippa said: “I had an amazing time! Whilst I was there, I was given a personal mentor who was an anaesthetist, so I was taught all about the different drugs used during surgery and how they vary from each case, how they work etc.

“Because my mentor was an anaesthetist this meant that I shadowed many actual surgeries in neurology and orthopaedics. I gained such valuable knowledge about many different surgeries and patient care during the placement, all of which I am confident will help me greatly in the future.”

Congratulations Pippa and best of luck for Southampton!

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