Brilliant young St Ambrose College sixth former Matthew Sullivan wants to use his programming skills to help co-ordinate the chemical engineering component of tomorrow’s nuclear industry.
Matthew has just left the Hale Barns school with two A*s in computing and maths, A grades in physics and chemistry and was awarded the AQA Examination Board’s top honour after coming in the top 50 in the country from nearly 3,000 candidates.
Matthew, who is a national level swimmer, inherited his passion for computing from his father who has a web development business and says he has never played the sort of games that keep other teenagers twitching for hours.
He said: “They just don’t entertain me, there is so much more you can do with the computing power at your finger tips than play games.”
He will now take a year off working in industry before going up to Bath University to read chemical engineering and is already aiming for a high level career in innovative applications.He said: “You have to take a logical approach, but it also helps to be imaginative and to think outside of the box.”
St Ambrose College computing teacher Peter Anderson said: “There is just so much a teacher can impart. Matthew embraced the subject and took the broad and imaginative perspective that is the hallmark of a genuinely inventive and innovative mind.”