Stu­dent fund keeps Alex’s mem­ory alive

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

THE King’s School is of­fer­ing Sixth Form bur­saries to tal­ented stu­dents in mem­ory of their for­mer Aus­tralian pupil Alex An­der­son.

The Macclesfield school is call­ing for ap­pli­ca­tions to its Sixth Form be­gin­ning a year from now, in Septem­ber 2017.

Ap­pli­cants must be able to demon­strate they can make an outstanding con­tri­bu­tion both in­side and out­side the class­room, just as Alex did.

The im­mensely pop­u­lar Aus­tralian 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 have con­tin­ued to make the schol­ar­ship avail­able through on­go­ing fundrais­ing in their home­land.

The first re­cip­i­ent of the fund was bril­liant mu­si­cian, Kate De Cam­pos, who played with the Na­tional Youth Orches­tra and achieved A* A B in her 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 con­tact the Ad­mis­sions Depart­ment at the King’s School.

The Award is avail­able to a stu­dent wish­ing to join King’s in Year 12 in Septem­ber 2017.

Dr Si­mon Hyde, King’s School Head­mas­ter, said: “Alex was a won­der­ful young man, hard-work­ing in class, aca­dem­i­cally strong and a keen sports­man ea­ger to make the very most of all the op­por­tu­ni­ties that 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,the first re­cip­i­ent of the Alex An­der­son Schol­ar­ship, and has now pro­gressed to Lon­don’s Guild­hall School of Mu­sic and Drama.

●● Last year’s win­ners of the Shop for Schools £1,000 was Puss Bank

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