22 April, 2021
Akshika, a Year 11 student from Ormiston Venture Academy in Great Yarmouth, has won a scholarship for a sixth form place at Gresham’s School from September 2021, as part of a long-standing partnership between the two schools.
As part of the scholarship, Akshika will have the opportunity to experience independent school life, benefiting from a multitude of enrichment activities, a wide range of sport and the Dyson Building, the new centre for STEAM education, opening in 2021. The building, which incorporates science, technology, engineering, arts and maths education, will be a particular benefit to Akshika who aims to study a range of sciences and maths at A-level.
After completing her A-levels, Akshika would like to study medicine at university and progress to train as a junior doctor, eventually specialising in paediatrics. Her previous work experience at the James Paget Hospital and Ormiston Herman Academy has ignited her interest in paediatric medicine.
The academy and OAT is committed to enriching the lives of its pupils 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 chance to succeed in life.
A focussed and hard-working individual, Akshika commented on receiving her place: “I am so grateful and excited to be awarded the scholarship programme at Gresham’s. I cannot wait to start this new venture, meet new friends and live away from home for the first time.”
Simon Gilbert-Barnham, principal said: “All of us at Venture are proud of Akshika 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, in a difficult year with so much uncertainty, they showed fantastic resilience and excelled in the process.
“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, over a quarter of the year group have benefited from improved confidence and identifying their goals for future life.
“I have no doubt that the 2021 Gresham’s Scholar, Akshika, 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.”