Ormiston Venture Academy student awarded Gresham’s Scholarship

  13 April, 2023

Riley, a Year 11 student from Ormiston Venture Academy has been awarded a scholarship for a sixth form place at Gresham’s School from September 2023.

In attending the prestigious school, she will benefit from a multitude of enrichment activities, opportunities to partake in a wide range of sports and access to the Dyson Building, the new centre for STEAM education, which opened in 2021. The building, which incorporates science, technology, engineering, arts and maths education, will be a particular benefit to Riley who aims to study a range of sciences.

After completing her A-levels in biology, physics and chemistry, Riley would like to study medicine at university and progress to train as a neurosurgeon. Her desire to make a difference in this field started following the passing of her sister five years ago, whose legacy she wishes to honour in her future career aspirations.

A focussed and hard-working individual, Riley commented on receiving her place: “I am so grateful for the opportunity provided to me by Gresham’s and Ormiston Venture Academy. I cannot wait to make the most of the school’s fantastic facilities to support me in realising my dreams an ambitions.”

Simon Gilbert-Barnham, principal said: “All of us at Ormiston Venture Academy are proud of Riley gaining the Gresham’s Scholarship, she like so many at Venture has high aspirations that I am sure this next step to Gresham’s will continue to drive her to succeed.”

Dave Richards, vice principal said: “We are so proud of how all of our students engaged in the Gresham’s Scholarship process, all of the applicants showed an incredible amount of passion and resilience combined with exceptional oracy skills which shone in their interviews.

“Our partnership with Gresham’s allows all of our students to aim for a unique life changing scholarship opportunity, and although ultimately only one student can be the recipient, between the residential opportunities in Year 10 and the scholarship process in year 11, a large number of students have benefited from improved confidence and identifying their goals for future life.

“I have no doubt that the 2023 Gresham’s Scholar, Riley, like those who have come before her will grab this incredible opportunity with both hands and be a brilliant ambassador for the academy and the process that will continue to benefit many more in the future”.

The academy and OAT is committed to enriching the lives of its students by broadening their horizons and raising aspirations. The Gresham’s scholarship is reflective of the broad range of opportunities Ormiston Venture Academy provides to its students, giving them every opportunity to succeed in life.

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