Hilliam is a 2018 leaver and currently studies Maths and Computer Science at Imperial College London. 

"As someone who went to Joseph Lancaster (now Globe Primary), Globe Secondary and Sixth Form, I will really miss the culture I experienced at Globe, as I move on to study Joint Maths and Computer Science at Imperial College London. Teachers care about you as a person and would always have confidence in what you do. I’ve taken on the chances to do 5 AS (AAAAB) and 4 A-Levels (A*A*AA), participate in UKMT Maths Challenges and become an Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad in 2014, and self-teach myself Computer Science at GCSE and Further Maths at A-Level and be entered for their respective exams. I’ve set up an Investment club in Year 12 and ran a tuck shop raising £1,000 for charity in Year 13. Globe Academy has been fundamental in giving me the freedom to explore these many ventures, even if I came from a low-income background, living in a 2-bedroom flat with my mother and sister.

I can’t say enough that Globe Academy has been essential in creating the environment for me to be able to grow as a person and reach new heights, especially after receiving the ARK-Urbanest Bursary that pays for my accommodation during university, and the Southwark Scholarship to pay for my tuition fees, which has both taken the large financial burden of university off me. As the first person within my family to go to university, I would have never thought that I’d be able to go to one of the best universities in the world for Computer Science.

My next step is to set up a hedge fund within the next couple of years as a personal venture, aimed at financially assisting departments within schools, social projects and youth centres in Southwark, and give better access to opportunities for those in public schools."