A navel way to Oxford

19th August 2005 at 01:00
A college student has belly-danced her way to a place at Oxford University.

Delia Lewis took up the eastern dance for fun. Then performances in a restaurant in Knightsbridge, London, and at private parties helped pay the bills while she studied at Croydon college.

But her talent also made an impression on her interviewer at the all-female St Hilda's college.

"I told them how it had influenced me to do anthropology, and that I really hope there is a belly dancing society here because I want to be its president. She laughed, but I was serious," she said.

The 21-year-old from Mitcham in Surrey, who had dropped out of A-levels two years ago, was offered a place to study archaeology and anthropology.

She passed her one-year access to higher education course with the highest possible mark.

As she looks forward to going to Oxford, thousands of A-level students were awaiting their results this week. The pass rate this year has risen to 96.2 per cent, reigniting the debate about grade inflation.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today