Grants for Diss students to help after turbulent academic year
An educational foundation has set aside funds exclusively for current and former students of Diss High School.
The Taylor and Hammond Foundation has made grants of up to £500 available for pupils from the school in Walcot Road, in an effort to help compensate for one of the most turbulent years on record.
Whilst the scheme is particularly focused on Year 12 and 13 pupils, any former Diss High School student under the age of 25 is free to apply.
Sarah Blows, clerk to the trustees of foundation, said: “Particularly this year, things have been so difficult for everybody, but for students especially.
“It feels like any little help they can get has got to be a good thing.
“While the current confusion and controversy about GCSE and A-level results are foremost in many people’s minds, the foundation exists to support the educational aspirations of young people in Diss, particularly those who have attended Diss High School.
“The trustees are keen to emphasize that this is for young people going into further education or apprenticeships, but it is not just for university students – anybody who has been to Diss High School is eligible.”
In the past, the scheme has been used to fund students’ music lessons, photography equipment, Duke of Edinburgh Award costs and university equipment, such as books and laptops.
The foundation, which is based in Felixstowe, also runs a number of different schemes, all geared towards students in Diss after they leave school.
The group has paid for educational trips around the globe, sending former Diss High School students to Guyana, the Dominican Republic, Auschwitz, Japan, Fiji and Kenya among others.
The deadline for applications to the latest funding scheme is Friday, October 2.