Talented Year 11 Students Shortlisted for REACT Foundation Award

Two talented students from St Benedict’s School were last week presented with their REACT Foundation Award at a special ceremony held at The Beacon in Whitehaven.

The awards are designed to encourage West Cumbrian students to think about a career in engineering, with REACT offering bursaries to students heading for university and sixth form.

There are a number of REACT Foundation Year 11 prizes of £200 available for West Cumbrian students. To be in with a chance of winning the prize, the student needed to complete a short application form.

The St Benedict’s Year 11 students applied for the A Level Award, which is for students thinking of entering sixth form next year and planning on studying engineering related subjects, maths, sciences or product design at A Level.

The successful students, Kathleen Sullivan and Alex McCumisky, are due to take their GCSE exams this summer, and are both planning on STEM subjects studying at St Benedict’s Sixth Form.

Karen Kelso, Assistant Headteacher comments:

“I am delighted to see the students’ commitment to the STEM subjects rewarded. They are working hard to pass their GCSE exams with top grades and I look forward to seeing them building on their successes in the future.”

They will find out if they have been successful with the bursaries following their exam results, and subsequent acceptance into Sixth Form.

The only criterion to apply to win one of the bursaries is that the student must be intending to study Maths and a science or any other engineering related subject in sixth form.

Year 11 Students Alex McCumisky and Kathleen Sullivan pictured with Mrs Ashbridge and Miss Hunter

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