Live updates



Stephanie will be the first in her traveller family to go to university

A teenage traveller from Gloucester has become the first in her family to go university.

Stephanie Bagnall will go to Royal Holloway, University of London, to read English and theatre studies after getting A* in English literature, B in drama and C in business studies in her A-levels.

The 18-year-old, from Hardwicke, near Gloucester, comes from a family who for generations have worked as show people, travelling the country working at fairs.

She won a scholarship to study A-levels at the independent Wycliffe College in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.

"I was desperate to get into a really good school so that I could go to university," she said.

"I always wanted to go to Wycliffe. I applied for every scholarship going because I wanted to go there so much."

In order for Stephanie and her brother to follow their dream of going to university, her mother Caroline opened her own coffee shop.

When Stephanie is not studying she helps her mother in the shop and also works for her grandparents and aunts running fun fairs at festivals.

The teenager's childhood was not typical of an independent school background.

She spent most of her life, until a couple of years ago, travelling and living in a caravan. Her mother, though, always made sure she got to school.

"My mum saw how much we loved school and set up her business so that we could have a permanent home and do just that," Stephanie said.

"While I love my family, I knew I wanted something different. I wanted to go to university and have a career."

Load more updates