Collyer’s presented bursaries to a group of new students, in recognition of their outstanding results at school. Bursaries were awarded to those joining the Collyer’s community from partner schools (Forest, Millais, Tanbridge, Oathall and Warden Park) and to students achieving top grades from north, south, east and west of Horsham.
Catherine Adkin, Seren Billson, Ella Cavedaschi; Holly Curtis, Archie Freeman, Hari Gunturu; Meilin Hixson, Becky Holland, Lily Howe, Arian Merati; Lucy Phillips, Will Randall, Miranda Wilson and Valentina Velasco were each presented with a cheque by Collyer’s Principal, Dan Lodge.
Dan Lodge explained: “It is important that Collyer’s recognises the outstanding work of our excellent partner schools, by rewarding some of our new students for their academic success in year 11.
“We attract students from right across the region, so it is fitting that we should also reward those coming to us from farther afield. I’m sure the money will be put to good use to help support their education or extra-curricular activities while at Collyer’s.”
Catherine Adkin said: “Thank you to all my teachers who inspired and encouraged me to be the best that I could be, and thank you as well to everyone at Collyer’s for this recognition.”
Seren Billson, who joined Collyer’s from partner school Oathall Community College said “Thank-you to all of my teachers at Oathall!”
Ex-Weald pupil Archie Freeman said: “I’m very grateful for this bursary and would like to thank all my teachers at The Weald.”
Hari Gunturu was extremely grateful for the immense support she received from her family and the work ethic instilled during her time at Oriel High School. She added that Collyer’s had helped “Develop a growth mindset in approaching this next stage of education with inspiration to be as successful as I most possibly can.
“My Politics, History, and Sociology teachers at Collyer’s are exceptionally supportive.”
Meilin Hixson, who joined from partner school Warden Park was delighted: “I am very grateful for this award and for the support and guidance from my teachers at Warden Park. I am enjoying my time at Collyer’s and look forward to the opportunities ahead.”
Becky Holland added: “”Thank you to all the teachers, family and friends that worked with me and supported me. All the hard work that I put in payed off!”
Arian Merati, who previously attended Durrington High School in Worthing, was delighted: “I am very happy with the start I’ve made at Collyer’s, thanks to my amazing teachers and the constant support I receive. I have started my college experience feeling warm and welcomed”
Will Randall is enjoying his first term at Collyer’s: “I would like to thank Collyer’s for this opportunity, and especially my A-level teachers for such a warm welcome. I also wish to thank my family for their support throughout my GCSE’s, and of course my teachers at Forest for their dedication to my education.”
Valentina Velasco said: “I would like to thank Collyer’s so much for this bursary and the chance to be recognised for all the hard work I put in during my GCSEs, which I couldn’t have achieved without the help and support of my family and all the great teachers who helped me push myself at Millais. I am loving Collyer’s so far and I hope that I can continue to excel and work hard during my time here as well.”
Miranda Wilson said: “Thank you to Collyers for the award – it’s really encouraging to have the recognition. Everyone at the college has been really supportive in helping me to decide on the right A levels.”
Deputy Principal Steve Martell told the students: “You’ve all made a great start to life at Collyer’s and I’m confident that your individual success stories can continue into advanced level and beyond!”
Ofsted Outstanding Collyer’s, which offers free post 16 education, is currently accepting on-line applications for September 2021, via the virtual Open Evening page