Long Stratton High School student awarded Eton scholarship
A Long Stratton High School student has been awarded a conditional, fully-funded scholarship at one of the world’s most prestigious schools.
Sam Briggs, 15, applied for Eton College’s Orwell Award, named in honour of George Orwell, the author behind Animal Farm and 1984.
He said: “I put myself forward after reading a BBC article about the scholarship and speaking to my parents who said I should apply.
“It is absolutely wonderful. There is nothing else like it and it will be such a complete change as neither of my parents have been to private school.”
The world famous independent boarding school, which charges yearly fees of around £40,000, offers 12 free sixth form places a year to boys whose “potential may have been limited by circumstances”.
Eton’s alumni includes the Duke of Wellington, Prince William, Prince Harry and Boris Johnson.
Dr Roger Harris, headteacher at Long Stratton, said: “Sam is such a dedicated and hard-working young man in his school career and his personal life. For a born-and-bred student from here to potentially go to one of the most prestigious schools in the world is just brilliant.”
Dr Harris said he had received a lovely letter from Eton complimenting Sam after he attended an open day in Windsor, and pledging to build future links with the school.
Dr Harris said: “It is just amazing and now, thanks to this, we could offer the challenge to other boys to possibly follow in Sam’s footsteps.”
Sam, who wants to be a nuclear physicist, hopes to study maths, physics, chemistry and either higher maths or history at A-level.