Caravan girl wins place at Cambridge

Zoah Hedges-Stocks will be a student at the famous university
Zoah Hedges-Stocks will be a student at the famous university

Friday, 12, Feb 2010 04:04

A girl brought up in a caravan and who has never competed a full year at school has won a place at a prestigious UK university.

Traveller Zoah Hedges-Stocks left school to work with her family's travelling fair, but has now won a place at Cambridge University, the Daily Mail revealed.

The 20-year-old spent every summer of her youth serving in her mother's food van and has been offered a place at the all-female Murray Edwards College after achieving two As and a B at A Level.

Not everyone in her community understood the magnitude of her achievements, Ms Hedges-Stocks told the newspaper after becoming the first member of her family to apply for university.

"Cambridge was the only university they had heard of and they didn't understand the application process was selective - they assumed you could simply walk in," she said.

The caravan resident revealed that she wanted to study history after hearing folklore tales from her grandfather.

Meanwhile, the Caravan Club has revealed it is offering its own breakdown and rescue service in conjunction with Green Flag.

Comments - What do you think?
  • "I myself applied to Cambridge but got rejected because I'm not a one eyed, one legged, black lesbian who lives in a "trailer". Zoah failed to achieve 3 A's but still got into Cambridge, in my opinion this seems to be a harsh dose of political correctness on behalf of a college who want to be seen as fair and equal, thus accept people who are slightly different.

    My normal self is not regearded as a good enough candidate despite my A* grades because i am normal, is this fair?!

    I think not!"

    Felix (Leicester) Posted: 17/03/2010 12:29:47

Related stories

Linda Barker to attend Boat and Caravan Show

The presenter is the latest celebrity to join the Caravan Club

Celebrity interior designer Linda Barker is to be one of the guests viewing the latest caravans and motorhomes to be showcased at the Boat and Caravan Show 2010 later this month.

Second Christmas for caravan man living without money

Mark Boyle lives in the recycled caravan on a farm near Bath

A former manager of an organic food company has recently completed his second Christmas staying in a caravan as he continues to enjoy his life without the need to spend money.

For Sale

Burstner Nexxo t720 - 2012 - £44995

Burnster Nexxo t720

Low Low profile chasis motorhome

Rapido A-Class 999M - 2009 - £54995

Rapido A class 999M

This flagship Rapido model is based on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis (very rare) with the fantastic Mercedes 3.

Monaco Knight 38 PDQ - 2006 - £79995


THE most practical RV layout ever on the market with four slide out rooms, full cream leather interior and light oak cabinetry creates even greater feeling of space.

Niesmann+Bischoff Arto 69 PL (auto) - 2011 - £61995

Niesmann + Bischoff Arto 69 PL

One of the best build qualities in the industry including aluminium sandwich construction, deep double floor and front electric thermo windscreen blind make this motorhome fully winterised.

Benimar Tessoro Part 1: The 483 Full Test

The Tessoro 483 is built on a 170BHP Ford

At CaravanTimes we recently had a Benimar Tessoro 483 on test for a couple of weeks. We have done just over 2000 miles in the Tessoro and tested in various ways - as you will find out in our inspiration features coming up. But before we give you some ideas of where and why you should use a motorhome like the Tessoro we wanted to bring some information on the Tessoro range and the very interesting 483.

Bristanbul Video Documentary Part 1

Part one of the documentary is here

So as most of our readers will know, the CaravanTimes team were lucky enough to be part of Bailey of Bristols, Bristol to the Bosphoros trip. Travelling 21 countries in 21 days the team did a fantastic job to take the 2 caravans and motorhome cross-continental.

In pictures: testing the new Auto-Trail V-Line Sport 635 to the extreme

Caravan Times' Favourite Adventure Couple, Simon & Faye, CHeck out the new Autotrail V-line

This weekend however, we decided to test out how sporty the Auto-Trail V-Line Sport 635 really is.

PLANS VETOED: Essex caravan park plans vetoed again

Possible site location at Port Flair

Plans for a 70 pitch caravan park in Essex have been rejected by the local council for a second time.