Chipping Sodbury School headteacher Katherine Turner has praised the achievements of two students after they helped secure funding for the school.
Lewis Adams, a year 12 pupil at the school, performed so well in an external interview assessment that he won £500 for himself and £1000 for the school.
Lewis entered in to a student competition through global law firm Linklaters and went up against a number of other pupils at schools across the UK.
After being encouraged to enter by his sixth form mentor, Lewis’ video entry was shortlisted and he made it through to the final four entries.
Unfortunately he did not win but was able to secure funding for the school and himself after finishing as the 2nd runner-up.
It was a great step for Lewis who has future aspirations of being a lawyer. He is also hoping to apply for Cambridge and Oxford next year.
He is currently studying Biology, Chemistry and Geography.
“I want to study law in the future so it was a great experience,” Lewis said.
“I want to use the money I won to buy books that will help me research more on the subjects. I also would like the school to use the money to improve the reward scheme for students who do well throughout the year.
“Without the school I wouldn’t have heard about the scheme in the first place and wouldn’t be in the place I am now. It has helped me so much so I am really grateful.”
Another student, Henry Park in Year 11, also performed well when highlighting the school’s fantastic Greenpower scheme when applying for the Arkwright Scholarship.
The scholarship is aimed at finding, inspiring and nurturing future leaders in engineering in the UK.
“The school’s greenpower team has been amazing for me – I got involved when I started here because I always wanted to pursue engineering,” Henry who actually restores motorbikes and cars said.
“The aim of Greenpower is that you design and build a car and then race it against other teams from schools across the UK.
“We are really competitive and we always do really well so I am really proud to be a part of that team.
“The school has helped us to improve our skills and they provide amazing support. I think sometimes we forget just how good we have done.”
Headteacher Katherine Turner added: “We are always really proud of all of our students but the way that they have adapted during the last year has been particularly impressive to us.
“Lewis and Henry represented the school externally and have made us really proud. It has been great to see their passion and we are pleased to have been able to play a small role in their journeys.”