Following in the footsteps of Florence: Nurse Amy to study at King’s College

DELIGHTED student Amy Sewell is set to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.

The 19-year-old, from Doddington, has been handed one of only 30 places to study mental health nursing at London’s celebrated King’s College.

The college, which was formerly called St Thomas Hospital, was established more than 150 years ago by Nightingale, who became famous during the Crimean War.

Amy is completing a two-year extended diploma in health and social care at the College of West Anglia and is a former student at Cromwell Community College, Chatteris.

She said: “I am still in a state of denial. I don’t believe it has happened. I am in a state of shock.

“I always knew I wanted to be a nurse. I am very excited.”

Amy’s personal statement, the college’s reference and her performance at a selection day in London were enough to secure the place, subject to her getting a minimum of two distinctions from her college course.

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But Amy, who will start at King’s College in September, is hoping for three distinctions when the results come out in August.

Sandra Hyde, course director at COWA, said the achievement was “amazing”.

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