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Trailblazer Zara heads to King’s

We are delighted to announce that Zara N, the first pupil matched to The Leys by our partner organisation the Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation (RNSCF), successfully completed her studies with us and left the School in July this year.

As was the case for all of the 2022 Leavers, the last two years presented many challenges, but Zara was able to significantly exceed her A-Level predictions and is excited to be taking up her place at King’s College London this term to study Geography. Congratulations to Zara and all of our 2022 Leavers for all their dedication and well-deserved success.

“Whilst joining during the pandemic was a challenging experience, the endless support I received from both staff and the overall community made my time thoroughly enjoyable”, says Zara. “I’ve now left the School with fond memories and close friends I’m so thankful to have met. It was an absolute honour to be the first RNCSF student to join The Leys and I hope I’ve opened up opportunities for my fellow Springboarders to flourish as I myself did. Wishing the very best for them all!”

At the beginning of this academic year we welcomed three more pupils to The Leys as part of the programme, two in Year 9 and one in Lower Sixth. Our current Upper Sixth pupil will soon be making an application to read Medicine at university, and over the summer was given the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital. “The scope of learning was endless”, she says. “Being around doctors who are so dedicated and devoted to their profession absolutely solidified my desire for a career in Medicine.”

As we celebrate the successes of our bursary programme pupils, we are proud and delighted that they have committed to The Leys and have agreed to become part of our Leysian community. We look forward to an exciting future in partnership with the Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation (RNSCF), the UK’s largest boarding school bursary charity, and continue the fundraising efforts required to support more young people here at The Leys so they can gain access to the education they deserve. Heartfelt thanks to all in our Leysian community who provide financial support to the Gift of Education programme; without their generosity none of this would be possible.

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