Scholarship in memory of former pupil is open to all
THE King’s School is offering financial assistance to students wishing to apply to its Sixth Form, through a scholarship fund in memory of former pupil Alex Anderson.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate they can make an outstanding contribution both inside and outside the classroom, as Alex himself did.
The popular 17-year-old tragically died in 2012 in a car accident.
Then living in Wilmslow, his family donated funds to help set up a scholarship in his memory, and though they have since returned to Australia, the scholarship is still available.
The first recipient of the award, Kate De Campos, is a talented musician who played with the National Youth Orchestra, achieved good A Levels and is now studying the viola at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
The award in Alex’s name is open to any candidate who would not normally be able to afford a place and can demonstrate strong academic potential as well as outstanding talent in other areas such as the arts, sport, music or other area.
A strong performance in next year’s GCSEs will be required as well as a commitment to developing their talents and making the very most of the opportunity.
Candidates are asked to apply in writing to the Admissions Department at the King’s School in Macclesfield. The Award is available to a student who is currently in Year 11 and wishing to join King’s in Year 12 in September 2016.
Alex was honoured by his friends in 2014 who raised the funds to buy a memorial bench for the Sixth Form centre on Westminster Road.
At the time his friend Louisa Bianchi, said: “Alex was very laid back and chilled. He had a very kind nature and enjoyed life. His death was awful especially to his closest friends and devastating for his family.
Another friend Sam Butler, added: “Nothing seemed to phase him at all. He was calm, happy and very friendly and welcoming. We just all felt totally devastated when he died.”
Dr Simon Hyde, King’s School headmaster, said: “Alex was a wonderful young man, hard-working in class, academically strong and eager to make the very most of all the opportunities King’s provides. Now that Kate has progressed we very much want to continue the scholarship and ensure Alex is remembered by a new generation of students.”
●● Kate De Campos was the first recipient of the Alex Anderson scholarship and has now progressed to London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama