Young aca­demic wins em­i­nent schol­ar­ship

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

KING’S School young medic Ailbe Smith has won the most pres­ti­gious schol­ar­ship of­fered by Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don to­wards his med­i­cal stud­ies.

The 18-year-old will re­ceive £3,000 in his first year to act as an am­bas­sador for one of the world’s lead­ing med­i­cal schools.

He is one of 112 un­der­grad­u­ates from some 3,000 stu­dents each year who are se­lected for the gen­er­ous bur­sary. It was awarded for aca­demic po­ten­tial recog­nised both in his re­sults and his in­ter­view.

Ailbe, who wants to be­come an orthopaedic sur­geon, got seven A*s one A and one B in his GCSEs and has just com­pleted his A-lev­els in maths, chem­istry and bi­ol­ogy.

He goes up to Lon­don this Oc­to­ber.

Ailbe said: “My en­thu­si­asm was fired for orthopaedic surgery af­ter com­plet­ing a work ex­pe­ri­ence place­ment in St Ge­orge’s Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don and dis­cov­er­ing that or­thopaedics is such a di­verse and fas­ci­nat­ing branch of medicine where the doc­tor sees such a wide range of pa­tients ex­hibit­ing so many dif­fer­ent prob­lems.”

An ac­tive com­mu­nity ser­vice vol­un­teer, ev­ery week Ailbe de­votes much of his time to help­ing the Cheshire In­de­pen­dent Liv­ing Ser­vice talk­ing to and as­sist­ing adults with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

Ruth Roberts Head of the King’s Sixth Form said: “We can all fully un­der­stand why Im­pe­rial Col­lege chose Ailbe for this top award.

“He is very hard­work­ing, pays great at­ten­tion to de­tail and is al­ways such a plea­sure to talk to, all ideal qual­i­ties in a doc­tor.”

●● Ailbe Smith will re­ceive £3,000 to­wards his first year at univer­sity

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