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Scholarships for
those with ‘drive and
personality’ to thrive
Wynstones School, Gloucestershire, is launching a programme of sixth form scholarships to encourage the next generation of creative and critical thinkers to ful l their potential.
 The school is inviting
applications for the Bennell- Nokes Scholarships and is keen
to identify young people who show a passion and curiosity
for learning. The new awards mark the 80th anniversary of Wynstones, which promotes a Steiner Waldorf education, and to celebrate the educational legacy of the school’s founders, Margaret Bennell and Cora Nokes.
Successful candidates will bene t from the school’s broad curriculum and ethos, which stresses the importance of both academic and emotional aspects
of intelligence, and prepares students for the challenges of the modern world as rounded and resilient individuals and independent thinkers.
The school will offer scholarships to pupils who are passionate about becoming creative, critical and independent thinkers who value both deep knowledge and will embrace the extensive Steiner curriculum.
Unlike some scholarship programmes, there is an unrestricted number of scholarships available and each applicant will be judged on a
case-by-case basis in relation
to the amount of funding
they receive. In addition, the Scholarship can be combined with other Wynstones bursaries and awards.
Marianne Law Lindberg, Chair
of College (pictured above) said: “The scholarships are a superb opportunity for pupils to cultivate their love of learning and inquisitive thinking. In particular, they are aimed at students who seek both deep subject learning and the broad, rich curriculum of a Steiner school like Wynstones. We do not believe in judging students purely on GCSE
results and we will be awarding the new Bennell-Nokes Scholarships to young people who have the drive and personality to thrive in our Sixth Form.”
As a  rst step, candidates in Year 11 must complete the application form re ecting on their education to date, summarising their experiences at secondary school and their suitability for a Steiner education. Successful applicants will then be invited to create
a 10-minute presentation on a chosen topic as outlined in the application pack which is available on our website.
Celebrities open all-weather pitch
Wellington School, Somerset, held an opening ceremony of its newly resurfaced All Weather Pitch with special guests Alex Danson and Tom Carson.
Alex Danson is a double Olympic medallist, winning gold in Rio 2016 as part of the GB Field Hockey team. She was just 16 when she made her international debut in 2001 and has won over 240 international caps
Tom Carson is an Old Wellingtonian and plays hockey for Great Britain and England.
He made his debut in Belgium in June 2013. He has won a number of medals, the latest a gold medal at the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament. After graduating Exeter University with a degree
in Management with Marketing, he’s also been featured on Dragons’ Den for his clothing company YoungOnes.
The original All Weather pitch was opened in 1999 and a new surface was long overdue. The old surface and the rubber underlay were removed and a new rubber shock pad was laid. The new surface is a sand dressed synthetic grass carpet manufactured by Lano Sports NV in Belgium. The fencing has also been renewed and new team dugouts have been built. The total cost of the work was £280,000.00.
Old Wellingtonians, parents, pupils guests and the Mayor of Wellington turned out in force to watch some celebrity coaching session with
Tom and Alex, an of cial opening and ribbon cutting followed by a celebrity match with pupils, past pupils and staff.
Headmaster Henry Price commented, “I would like to thank all the Parents, OWs and Friends
of the School (both formal and informal) who have donated to this
via the Corner Capital Fund. The Friends continued their support
by serving refreshments and my sincere thanks go to the Estates and Grounds Departments who have worked so hard to ensure it was completed on schedule.”
“We were fortunate to welcome hockey legends Alex Danson MBE,
gold and double bronze Olympic medallist and our own GB Hockey player Tom Carson whose name is synonymous with Wellington and Hockey. It was a privilege to have two such inspirational  gures to open the All-Weather pitch and start the term on such a positive note,” concluded Henry Price.
 From left Wellington Mayor Gary James; Head Henry Price; Tom Carson and Alex Danson
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