17 November, 2020
Flegg High Ormiston Academy student Eden Olley is this year’s winner of the Ormiston Academy Trust (OAT) scholarship, which will enable her to take up a place at Oundle School, an independent boarding school in Oundle, following an ongoing partnership between the two well-respected education providers.
The OAT scholarship is open to any students in Year 11 at an OAT academy, and is available thanks to the generosity of both Oundle School and Gresham’s School. Through OAT’s partnerships with the two schools, students have had the opportunity to experience a different kind of education and be stretched outside of their comfort zone – broadening their experiences.
Eden went through a series of selection interviews before becoming one of the six Ormiston students, drawn from across the country, to attend an interview and selection weekend at Oundle School. She was then accepted as an academic scholar and full boarder and will be studying Art, Geography and Biology at A-level, as well as English at Pre-U and an iGCSE in Ancient Greek.
She follows in the footsteps of former OAT scholar Liana Snape, who was a student at Ormiston Horizon Academy. Liana has gone on to Magdalen College, Cambridge, to read History.
Eden Olley, scholarship winner said:
“I was extremely shocked to find that I had made it into the final 6. The weekend was filled with tests, interviews and public speaking – all of which challenged me to bring out new sides of myself. I am so proud of myself for putting myself out there, to be ready for disappointment. I am so thankful for my supportive friends and family as I head out into an amazing new journey at Oundle.”
Kate Williams, Principal at Flegg High Ormiston Academy said:
“We are delighted and very proud that Eden has secured this very exciting opportunity. Throughout her five years at Flegg, Eden has been an extraordinary role model to others. Not only is she an exceptional scholar across a broad curriculum but she is kind, modest and considerate. We know that she will relish the opportunities and challenges ahead of, and we look forward to watching her continued success.”