Schol­ar­ship in mem­ory of former pupil is open to all

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

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

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