Students smash the competition to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy

The competition 'Inspire US 2016', organised by The Transformation Trust, saw sixth-formers travel to the US to be campaign interns for the final two weeks of the US elections.

Bethan Atkinson, Nathan Jarvis, Adam Brammer and Korben Ward, who all attend Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (OSSMA), went through a rigorous application process and came out on top.

These students worked closely with Simon Pedley, Post-16, Progression and More Able Advisor at OAT. Simon advises students on the subject and exam choices most likely to lead to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities, and encourages teachers to develop skills among children such as wider reading, discussion and debating which form an integral part of OAT's commitment to providing a wide range of enrichment opportunities to all its students.

Students were granted the opportunity to work in the key swing state of Florida alongside veteran political campaigners from the Republican and Democrat parties in the final two weeks leading up to the election on November 8th 2016. They canvassed voters, attended rallies, and visited Washington DC, the heart of the US political system, and home to the White House.

As part of the competition the four students created a video explaining why they should be the ones to win this chance as well as who their Presidential and Vice Presidential picks would be. They also submitted a written proposal for an active citizenship project in their hometown and had to decide on an executive order they would implement if they were to be President.

Simon Pedley, Post-16, Progression and More Able Advisor: "It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the students. They are interested, engaged, intelligent and witty."

Nia Salt, Vice Principal at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, said: "We are all so proud of the students for doing such an amazing job in the competition. They have worked ever so hard and we have been delighted to support them along the way. OSSMA, like all schools within the OAT family, is committed to ensuring our students gain not only a first-class education but also have access to opportunities such as this beyond the classroom so that they leave school with not only great academic achievements but key life skills."

You can see more from OSSMA in this video and read about their journey here.