Biddenham students helped by Connolly Foundation

Sixth form students at Biddenham School have been awarded more than £100,000 in the last six years by the Connolly Foundation Scholarships.

Students who are in their final year in the sixth form are encouraged to apply for a Scholarship which is not means tested and can vary between £500 and £1,000 depending on their A level grades or personal circumstances.

Between 2012 and 2015 143 students benefited from £95,900 of the above total.

Students have to be studying two or more subjects from the following list: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History, Geography, Economics, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian, Physical Education/Sports Science.

Last year Law, Psychology and BTEC P.E were added to the list of subjects.

All students had to achieve A*- B across their three A level subjects.

In 2016 only 10 Biddenham students were awarded a sum of £8,000 between them in varying amounts based on grades achieved.

Invited schools can also make six discretionary awards to students studying any combination of subjects but with the same grade criteria.

This meant that for 2017, in varying amounts 14 students were given awards totalling £9,500 and 5 of these were discretionary awards.

Once students have left, they can apply for a further award of £500 for each subsequent undergraduate year. These applications are made directly to the Trust.

Kuldip Saggu, Assistant Head of Sixth Form said :“I would like it noted that these awards are always gratefully received by all of our students, they go a long way in supporting our them through their time at university especially students from deprived backgrounds.

“In the current economic climate it is reassuring that this sum does not have to be repaid unlike their student loans. Biddenham does remain grateful to the Connolly Foundation for and on behalf of their students.

“We have always celebrated these awards with our students by presenting them with a certificate at our annual awards evening in December when parents and carers are also in attendance.”


Photo:  Luke Michaelides, a former Biddenham student and recipient of a Connolly scholarship to study at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London.